Speech Therapy Activity: How to make your child use YES / No

Updated: May 4, 2020

Teach your child  how to use the words yes and no appropriately

Either by verbalizing the word or by action, nodding or shaking his head

Why is this ability so important ?

It makes both us and our child less frustrated.

This occurs in all families, even if you don't have a child with Autism.

I experience this regularly with my kids at home.

POOR ME......standing in the kitchen with a dish of "nasi goreng pedas",their favorite dish, which I so excitedly prepared...

Step 1: We are targeting "YES" first.

Let's use cute little Adam as an example

We know that Adam's favorite activity is "Mummy blowing bubbles"

  • Hold the bubbles in your hands but don't blow it yet.

Ask Adam, “Nak bubbles?"

  • If Adam just repeats “Nak bubbles?" or tries to get the bubbles,

Mum says: "Yes" while nodding her head (Overdo the nodding)

  • Do this every-time he wants you to blow bubbles.


( even if the response is not perfect initially...he will get better )

  • Use other siblings if possible. Brief them to say "yes" when questioned while nodding their heads.

  • As Adam improves just nod your head and move your mouth as if saying "yes" . This is a reminder for Adam that if he wants you to blow, he needs to say yes or nod.

Step 2: Adam needs to generalize saying yes to other things too.

  • Use the same procedure with other things that Adam really likes. For example: Ice Cream, his favorite train set ( which is kept away in the cupboard, take it out only to hold it in your hands and ask Adam "nak train"..)

Wow!!! An enthusiastic YES like this girl in red would be GREAT but I am not aiming for the skies....

This CAT had got the "NO HEAD SHAKE" down to perfection......I wouldn't dream of that too.....

Just give Mummy (waiting with the hot nasi goreng) 20% of that....I will be hugely satisfied....

Step 3: Let do this next week.... Teaching Adam to say "No"

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