Answering Questions About Past Events

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1.)  Make sure child understands how to answer questions about immediately present

  • Knows what each wh- word means
  • Ask about what they are looking at
  • Ask about pictures in books

2.)  Once the child can do that, work on past events

  • Start with something that just happened (5-10 seconds prior), ask what happened
  • Gradually increase length of the time between question and past events
  • Take pictures and have child describe what happened
  • Give clues like “you did something with paint and a paintbrush”
  • Ask the child to recall the same even multiple times
  • Work on sequencing common events and describing