Practicing Asking Questions with Easter Eggs

19 Apr

An essential language skill that is very difficult for many children with autism to learn naturally is asking questions. It is also not an easy skill to teach! We often work so much with children getting them to answer questions but I think that the skill of asking questions is actually more important. A typically developing child gains loads of language input by asking questions about the world around them while a child with autism who is not asking questions is missing out on all that possible input.

It is possible to teach the skill of asking questions and with spring upon us plastic easter eggs are one of my favorite tools to do it. I start by hiding some motivating objects or stickers in the eggs and drawing the child’s attention to them by shaking the egg. Then provide a model of a question such as “What’s that?” or “What’s inside?” for the child to imitate or if the child is already able to ask questions but needs a prompt I’ll give a gestural prompt like holding my hands up looking confused. When the child has asked a question they get to open the egg and we get excited about what he found inside.

This same type of activity can be replicated using an opaque bag or box with objects inside but for some reason easter eggs just seem to make it a little more fun!

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