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7 Play Activities for Targeting Who Questions in Speech Therapy


What SLP doesn't have a student with wh question goals for speech therapy?

It can be easy to slip into 'drill and kill' therapy when targeting wh questions; however, you can target wh questions through play!

Your preschoolers and early elementary students will love using hands-on and meaningful activities to learn all about wh questions.

I have listed seven of my favorite ways to target Who Questions in Speech Therapy.

1) Ask questions about a book: Books are perfect for teaching just about any language concept, and who questions is no different! Pictures that have a lot of action are the best for this.

2) Play Dress Up: You will need costumes, props, or paper hats (community helpers are perfect for this!) for this activity. Ask the child a question, such as, "who wears a fire hat?" or "who needs a needle?". When the child answers the question, you can give them the costume piece/prop to put on!

3) Use dress up dolls: There are a lot of options with dress up dolls. You could use Melissa and Doug dolls, paper dolls, or toy dolls. To work on 'who' questions, you could mix up all the clothing options. Ask the child "who" wants that item. This activity is great for solidifying the child's understanding that 'who' means a person.

4) Who is wearing _____?: You will need a group of students, or be willing to walk the hallways for this activity. (Moving out of the therapy room is great way to encourage generalization!) How this activity works is that you look at people around you and ask your student "who is wearing ____?". You could ask who is wearing a particular color, who is wearing a type of clothing item. Kids love finding the person who fits the description.