Step 2.8 Target pivotal area of initiations

Using Child-Initiated Strategies: Teaching Question Asking

Toddlers with ASD can successfully be motivated and taught to ask a variety of Wh- questions (Koegel, Bradshaw, Ashbaugh, & Koegel, 2013). Question asking is particularly relevant to initiations because it shifts the initiation of the learning interaction from the adult to the child. Often times, adults ask all the questions and start most of the learning interactions. By asking questions independently, toddlers initiate interactions that facilitate information gathering and further learning. Teaching question asking also expands the purposes for which children might use communication.

The questions described in this section are in developmental sequence.