Apps, Language Therapy, Random Therapy Ideas

WH-ing It Up!

Who have you been targeting WH-questions with lately? Where did you search for activities to target awareness of these concepts? When was the last time you had a peds client super jazzed about regurgitating answers to these questions from the same old story books? Enter “WH” Questions At Home by Super Duper ($5.99).  This app provides you with 56 cards that do all the WH-question work for you!  As with other flashcard sets from Super Duper, you are able to take data on the client’s responses as you move through the deck.  Additionally, you can choose which cards you want to include for a given client and which you want to keep out (so you are able to target “who” and “where” questions, but save the rest for later!).

What Super Duper cards tend to do really well is leave the proposed questions open-ended enough to allow the client the possibility of generating multi-word answers (rather than your typical “the boy” response to a “who” question).  Imagine the amount of language you can generate with a question like: “What would you do if you had a tree house?” as opposed to “what is X character doing on this page of the book?”  The questions tend to be very client-focused, which can be hugely important for kiddos who aren’t able to appropriately decode decontextualized concepts.

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Another great feature of this app is the functionality of many of the questions.  Kids will not only be generating language targets, but can be discussing topics that are relavent to their lives.  I see this being a huge bonus in group therapy settings!  For example, the card below is highly contextualized and is a great “mind file”/ “get to know you” type of question for group settings.  While you can certainly target the “who” aspect of this question, you can also use it to get kids thinking about similarities and differences among them (“Wow, both Jimmy and Johnny have their grandparents living at home with them.  Mary, it sounds like you have lots of animals living at your home.  I wonder if Jimmy has pets too…”)  Plus, kids LOVE sharing about their lives!

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It often comes up that SLPs are targeting more than one skill or concept at a time.  Many of the cards provided in this app give kids an opportunity to think about socially expected behavior, such as the one below.  This is fantastic for generalization activities with clients who have previously been targeting these ideas in a more specific way.  Although they might be focusing on the WH-aspect of the question, you can be assessing the social-appropriateness of their response(s).

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My final suggestion for this app is more on the creative side.  Although I love that apps are created with an intended purpose in mind, I always challenge myself to find ways to make the app work for a big variety of clients working on a big variety of goals.  If you have a kiddo who is not particularly verbal and enjoys drawing (or you just want to shake things up a bit for any old client), here is a fun way to generate responses to these WH-questions!  Rather than require a verbal response from the kiddo when a card is presented on the iPad, instead have them draw their response.  You can even turn this into a fun guessing game that might generate new forms of language you otherwise would not have elicited!  So, try presenting your client with a card like, “Where do you keep your toys?”  Then, set a timer for 1 minute and see how many places they draw that are appropriate places to keep toys!  Draw a new card and repeat!

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That’s all for now folks!

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2 thoughts on “WH-ing It Up!”

  1. Great post!! I love your last idea. I have used the SuperDuper Wh- cards and they worked great. Wish I had thought to have them draw out their responses…I would have drawn with them and we could have laughed at how pitiful my drawings were lol 🙂

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  2. I have used the WH- cards n absolutely love them. I love that I can use the cards as a game so I have a few and the other kid (or kids) has a few and we take turns. The app would be lovely too, to cut down on the number of things I have a schlep around (I’m a traveling SLP in Australia). Also kids LOVE anything I give them on the iPad. Your additional suggestions r great, too. I have had successes with getting kid with severe expressive language difficulties draw out their responses and then describe them. But that only works better with the more tangible questions n not so much for the abstract ones like “when do you say sorry to a family member” (need better drawing skills!). Thnx for this!

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