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5 WH Questions Speech Therapy Activities (Lots of Visuals!)

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Today I’m going to focus on some activities you can use to work on Wh questions in speech therapy with students who are new(-ish) to working on Wh- questions. I have used these activities with students on the autism spectrum and with students who use AAC, so I tend to incorporate visuals whenever possible.

Routine Questions

This is a great way to work on functional Wh- questions, particularly with students with minimal expressive language. You can even start your session with the same few Wh- questions each time. Some examples include:

  • What did you eat for breakfast/lunch/snack? (depending on when you see the student)
  • What color is your shirt today?
  • Who is your teacher?
  • Who helped you get ready for school today?
  • Where are we?
  • Why do we come to school?

Sorting by Type of Question

This is a great way to work on starting to understand what types of words go with the different Wh- questions (people=who, places=where, etc.)

First make some sorting mats. You can just print out large icons of the different WH- questions with the word and visuals. (I use Boardmaker but there are lots of ways to do this). Or you can take construction paper and glue on the word/icons for each Wh question and laminate them.

Next print out a variety of smaller pictures they can sort. For instance, people=who, places=where, objects/actions=what, etc. and cut them apart.

You can start with just one mat, then go up to to more slowly.

If you don’t want to make it yourself – grab this WH Questions Sorting Activity here!

This free Types of WH Questions Chart would be a perfect visual aid for this activity!

WH Questions Speech Therapy Activity Cards

For students who really need visuals to comprehend information, I think it’s important for visuals to be included not only for the answer choices but also to help comprehend the question itself. That’s why I made these WH Questions Cards with visuals for both!

picture of wh questions cards with visuals

RELATED: Using Visuals in Speech Therapy

Language Bingo

If your students benefit from a game to stay engaged, this WH Questions Bingo game has got you covered. You can target who, what, when, where, or why questions individually – or work on mixed WH Questions!

Because the boards have pictures of the answers, they act as a large field of visual choices. (You can use boards that are 3×3 or 5×5 depending on your students’ levels!)

picture of Wh Questions Bingo speech therapy

Short Stories with WH Questions Speech Therapy

For even more of a challenge, you can have your students read/listen to a short story and have them answer comprehension questions. This set of short stories is a great way to work on answering questions in context.

short stories wh questions

Instead of just jumping straight to writing-in answers, this set includes three levels of support for students not ready to make that jump.

  • Level 1: Includes multiple choices with pictures. Students can cut and paste the answers.
  • Level 2: Includes written multiple choices. Students can cut and paste the answers.
  • Level 3: Students write-in their answers.

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