Blanks Questions – The Gruffalo



Practical resources for Speech and Language Therapy. I love using books in therapy sessions with my clients and I’’m sure you do too. Using books provides an endless array of content on which to build your therapy. Having a structure on which to build this therapy makes your life easier. That is why we have developed our Blanks Questions series.

Marion Blank devised a four-level system of questioning for oral language development aimed at children in the early years. She acknowledged the importance of keeping questions within a child’’s level of understanding so that while they can be challenged they are not overwhelmed. Blank’s questions are a list of different types of questions, from easy to more difficult, which help children’’s learning by encouraging them to: •

  • Observe and discuss objects and events that go on in the world around them
  • Classify and categorise objects or events (e.g. banana/apple/pear = fruit)
  • Think about and talk about why events happened
  • Problem solve difficult situations and possible solutions
  • Make deductions or inferences

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Oral Communication

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PDF (Acrobat) Document File

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2 MB, 9 pages


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