Materials, Therapy Ideas

Question Formulation Maps


For many students on my caseload, question formulation, or putting words in the correct order when asking questions, is an incredibly difficult skill. I saw this difficulty across students with social skill goals, AAC goals, and syntax goals.

A few months ago, I wanted to encourage one of my social skills kiddos to ask a variety of questions (and multiple questions) about a given topic. I would say vague statements like, “Oh man. I cannot wait for this weekend!!” to no avail, he just carried on in conversation. I made the visual seen below:


This helped him a ton! Later in the month, I was working with an AAC user when I thought to pull out the same visual. Worked like a charm!

Now that I’m in the schools, I have a ton of students working on question formulation and grammar goals, not to mention social skills and AAC use. I expanded this idea into a packet and have been using it for a variety of goal areas since!

For some of my students, the above visual was helpful, but not enough. They were having trouble formulating a basic question and needed more support. For these students, I use the sheet shown below:

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As you can see in the pictures, I laminated this entire packet and use dry erase markers. Super easy to grab and go!

As you can probably tell, this packet has two levels. The first level challenges your students to rearrange given words to form a specific question type such as “what”, “do”, “where”, or “are” questions.

There are 5 pages for each question type. The first two pages have included punctuation and capitalization as an additional cue:


The last 3 don’t provide these cues in order to increase the difficulty. See the picture below:


The following question types are targeted: who, what, when, where, why, how, are, is, and do.

The second level includes 15 pages of these question maps:


Each has different question types in the bubbles!

Last, I’ve included blank pages of each level for your customization as well as a sentence sheet to record the questions your students come up with.


Click here to check out this packet on Teachers Pay Teachers. It really has been a game changer for me! I hope you feel the same way.

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Question Formulation Packet

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83 Comment

  1. Reply
    Maggie Morales-Guzman
    January 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Hello Shannon, your documents are so SPOT ON! I use them and I share them! Keep them coming! THANKS!!!!!!
    :-}}}}}}}}}} (VERY HAPPY)!

    1. Reply
      January 30, 2016 at 3:31 PM

      Thank you!! You are so kind!

  2. Reply
    Robin KELLEHER
    January 30, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    This looks great! I have been struggling with teaching this concept to some autistic students on my caseload! I hope I win!

  3. Reply
    Rosalie Unterman
    January 30, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    What a creative way to deal with questions and sentence formulation!
    Great ideas! Thank you!

  4. Reply
    January 30, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    So nice to see such thorough work that really helps kids learn difficult concepts!

  5. Reply
    January 30, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    I am forever working on question formulation! this is great`

  6. Reply
    Sharon Swindell
    January 30, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    This looks fantastic! I am looking forward to using it with my kiddos!

  7. Reply
    January 30, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    I would love this! My daughter has apraxia & struggles with this.

  8. Reply
    Nykki Umphrey
    January 30, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    I have several students who could use this wonderful tool! Great for question formulation and reinforcing what type of information each question type seeks. This would also be great for social skills groups to help conversation skills. Immediately going on my TPT wish list!

  9. Reply
    January 30, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Love this product! My students need to work on formulated sentences!

  10. Reply
    January 30, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Love the looks of this product!

  11. Reply
    January 30, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    This looks amazing, could really use this for a group of elemtary students with ASD!

  12. Reply
    January 30, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    This looks awesome! I dread any IEP containing this goal, since I’ve never found a great resource to target it effectively. If it’s anything like your other packets, I know it’ll become a go to! Thanks!

  13. Reply
    Jen K
    January 30, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Thanks for another great resource Shannon! This will be placed on my wishlist as I have so many students working on questioning skills as well as grammar and social skills.

  14. Reply
    Jennye Johnson
    January 30, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    What an awesome idea! I have used in the past similar language mapping with middle and high school asperger kids but it would work for anyone! Great creativity…you go girl!

    1. Reply
      February 3, 2016 at 7:31 PM

      Thank you!! Shoot me an email ( and I’ll send the product over!! πŸ™‚

  15. Reply
    January 30, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Great product! Question formulation & extended thinking areas I work on weekly with my students.

  16. Reply
    Meagan Lawson
    January 30, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Wow! This product looks amazing! I have a lot of students that could benefit from this!

  17. Reply
    Jenna T.
    January 30, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    This looks like a great product and definitely an idea I will expand on with my students working on question formulation goals πŸ™‚

  18. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 1:18 AM

    These visuals look very helpful for my students.

  19. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    This product looks amazing! Such a great idea. I can definitely use this with some students on my caseload. Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

  20. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 5:26 AM

    These look really good!! I can definitely use this product. I currently work with students on the autism spectrum, in eight multiple disabilities classrooms!. This would be very helpful, teaching this skill!!! Please and thank you!!!!!.

  21. Reply
    Vickye Lewis
    January 31, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    As I read your blog post on this product……I am thinking…” ..yep this is one for the Wish List”….. looks great

  22. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Love these! Easy to grab and you’re ready to go. Keep them coming!!

  23. Reply
    Ellen Getz
    January 31, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Love this idea!!!! I too have so many students who cannot put the words in the correct order when formulating a question! I love how this adds a visual to what I’ve been trying to teach them! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Reply
    Deborah McManus
    January 31, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    This looks like another winner for all of us. Thank you for sharing your creativity! My students have enjoyed each of your materials that I have shared with them!

  25. Reply
    Teach Speech 365
    January 31, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    I really love the layout of this product!

  26. Reply
    Andrea Chesick
    January 31, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Looks totally awesome! Love the support it gives the students!

  27. Reply
    Sarah Letsky
    January 31, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    I’ve been looking for something just like this! Thanks for posting about it.

  28. Reply
    Kim H
    January 31, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    This looks like a GREAT visual helper for questions!

  29. Reply
    Lauren Donohoe
    January 31, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Hi Shannon (my sister’s name, too hehe)! I love this product! The students on my caseload have so much trouble formulating questions- whether it be for social reasons or to expand their learning of curriculum-based material. This looks like a WONDERFUL product that I would feel so lucky to win!

  30. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    I am constantly looking nice for question formulation ideas for my students win high functioning autism. This looks great!

  31. Reply
    Kelly Lawson
    January 31, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    I love this idea!!

  32. Reply
    Kristel Bashwiner
    January 31, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Love the pictures! Perfect visuals!

  33. Reply
    Kristine Schabacker
    January 31, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    This is exactly what I need for some of my students that have difficulty with question formulation. It is such a difficult concept to teach. Fingers crossed I am lucky enough to win!
    I have many of your other great activities that are so helpful and perfect for my caseload.

  34. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Looks great, would love to use this with my students!

  35. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    This packet is amazing! Teaching kids to ask questions is so difficult. It is hard for them to grasp the concept. My students on the spectrum would really benefit from these visuals!

  36. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    This looks like such a great packet and I’m already thinking of all the different students I can use this with. Thanks for all your materials!

    1. Reply
      February 3, 2016 at 7:32 PM

      Thank you!! Shoot me an email ( and I’ll send the product over!! πŸ™‚

  37. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    What a great product – so many students could benefit! I love how visual it is!

  38. Reply
    Rachel Miller
    January 31, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    This looks great! I have many clients working on question asking and sentence formulation! Thanks!

  39. Reply
    Leigh Ann
    January 31, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    This looks great! I follow you on instagram too and that is where I saw this post! This is such a great idea and I would be so thrilled to win it! I’m in my second semester of grad school and I can definitely see myself using it!!!

  40. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Wow. This is a great product !! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  41. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    This is exactly what my students need, four in particular that I think will benefit the most! 1) Pragmatic kiddos who have difficulty maintaining topic or only ask very superficial questions 2) My grammar kiddos! Thank you!

  42. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    This looks like a great idea! It looks very practical and usable with multi-aged kids.

  43. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Looks like such a great resource!

  44. Reply
    Summer Tucker
    January 31, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    I work with several special education teachers in addition to the speech/language staff and this would be an excellent support for them as well! Sharing your TPT link with them all! πŸ™‚

    SLP and SPED Facilitator

  45. Reply
    January 31, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    I just switched to a new school and I have a lot of students working on their conversation skills. This is perfect!

  46. Reply
    Hannah C
    January 31, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Neat idea! Love the visuals and pictures, as well as the differentiation. Would love to try it with some of my aut kiddos!

  47. Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Will definitely be adding this to my wishlist! As a new SLP I’m always looking for materials that are ready to go.

  48. Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 1:30 AM

    Cannot wait to try this! As a new SLP, teaching question formation has been difficult and I haven’t found a way I like yet. I love the levels of this and being able to build as the students have a better understanding.

  49. Reply
    Stacy Kindervater
    February 1, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    What a timely idea! Lots of students could use help with this right now!

  50. Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    This is really well thought out. Teaching question asking can be tricky. Nice packet!

  51. Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    This is so great! Thanks for taking the time to make this πŸ™‚

  52. Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Shannon, these worksheets are great! I am a new SLP in a school (just graduated in December) and am always following your blog to use for new ideas for lessons! Thank you for putting so much time and effort into your activities, so others do not have to. You’re such a help and time saver! God sent!

  53. Reply
    Lisa W
    February 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    WOW! I was just battling this problem in sessions last week. I had one WH- question visual, but it was not working as I wanted it to. I love the structure of this resource – it is EXACTLY what I am looking for. I love that it includes examples of statements to practice generating follow up questions!

  54. Reply
    Kimberly Shaner
    February 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    LOVE!! This is exactly what I am needing in therapy!

  55. Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    I am a new speech therapist. I could sure use this. Spending most of this year, making my own resources. πŸ™‚

  56. Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    These activities look great! I have many kids that struggle with question formulation.

  57. Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    These worksheets are awesome! Being in my CFY I really like finding different ways to help my students! These would be really beneficial for the majority of my caseload!

  58. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    I’ve been looking for something like this! Looks like a great way for students to practice not just answering questions, but asking some of their own. πŸ™‚ Lord knows they need the practice…

  59. Reply
    Brianna Hartman
    February 2, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    This is genius! Of course I want to win a copy!!!

  60. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    I was literally looking for something like this the other day! Now I don’t have to make it! With a caseload of children with autism this will definitely come in handy!

  61. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    This packet looks great! I think it would really help my students who are working on creating questions. I hope you put this items on the must have slp sale!

  62. Reply
    Cassandra S
    February 2, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Great idea! This packet looks very useful.

  63. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    This packet looks awesome. Thank you for creating such a useful tool!

  64. Reply
    Jill Feigenbaum
    February 2, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Finally a packet targeting question formulation as opposed to just answering questions. Love it!

  65. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Thank you for creating this! I’ve had a hard time teaching this concept. This would be very helpful.

  66. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    This is so great! I love it.

  67. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    I would love to try this out with my son who has Autism!!

  68. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    this looks like it would be a great resource!

  69. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Looks great! Perfect resource for some of my kids. Thanks!

  70. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    This looks like an amazing product! It would be so helpful to me with my students. I already put it on my tpt wish list:)

  71. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Love all your products- use them all the time. Top quality. Just what I would want to make myself if only I had a little more time ?

  72. Reply
    Anne Bousquet
    February 2, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    This looks great!!

  73. Reply
    Lindsay Clark
    February 2, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    This is fantastic! I would love to use this for my speech therapy group πŸ™‚

  74. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    This looks like just what I need for so many of my children this year! ? Thanks!

  75. Reply
    Emily C
    February 2, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    you have exactly what I need so often I think you are reading my mind!!

  76. Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    This is another practically-perfect therapy tool, thank you…hoping to win too! If not, I can console myself that your resources are reasonably priced!

  77. Reply
    February 3, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    So creative and well made! What a useful product!!

  78. Reply
    Lisa Gilles
    February 3, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    What a great product. I find this is an area many of my students struggle with.

    1. Reply
      February 3, 2016 at 7:53 AM

      What a great product. It would be a perfect resource for some of my kids. Thanks!

  79. Reply
    February 3, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    This looks awesome! I have a couple students this was be great for πŸ™‚

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