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Asking your child questions is important as it helps them learn. When a child is asked something they don’t know they need to be shown how to answer it. If you do not show the child they will not know what is expected of them. Simply asking more of the same question isn’t the solution.
Helping children answer questions
There are some techniques we can use to help child answer questions. Let’s look at the following strategies. When asking Jay questions remember the following;
1.Start by asking the question and answering it yourself so Jay can hear the answer. For example:
Parent- I wonder what else we could use to help?
Parent – We could use a ladder.
2.Give lots of information about the answer. For example:
Parent – A ladder would be good because we can climb it.
Parent – He could use the ladder to climb up the tree.
3.Try and demonstrate the answer where possible. Try to use physical prompts. For example mime climbing a ladder.
4.Try and give the child the answer before you ask them the question. For example:
Parent – He is sad so he ran away.
Parent – Why did he run away?
Child – Because he was sad.
Always remember to wait after asking a questions. Some children need time to process the questions and to work out an answer. As a rule after asking the question WAIT 10 seconds.
How to start teaching questions?
Each day chose one of the following questions to focus on:
- What is it?
- Where is __________?
- Who is that?
- What do/did you see?
- What did/can you hear?
Think of some activities/times during the day when you can ask your child these questions. Remember to gain your child’s attention first before practising. And (as above) remember to give your child time to answer the question for you.
Lastly – don’t forget to have fun and praise your child for their efforts! This shouldn’t feel like hard work as a parent and children need lots of praise when they start to learn any new skill.
When all else fails, you are more than welcome to consult any of the speech pathologists in the Centre. Early childhhod teachers are also a good source of knowledge and support.
Please feel free to contact reception on 9274 7062 for further information about our services.