You may have read about using dialogic reading practices during shared story reading, but there are other strategies out there that might work better for some of your students!
If your students are not responding as you’d hoped to dialogic reading practices, try using hypothetical statements!
A study by Lohse et al., (2022) found when using hypothetical statements rather than instructive statements, children’s responses were longer and contained more self-generated explanations.
The authors think when adults express uncertainty through hypothetical statements, children are encouraged to speculate about alternative explanations and ideas!
Try using hypothetical statements by using the word maybe! Let's take a look at some examples!
Do you use hypothetical statements with your students? How has it impacted your therapy sessions? Feel free to share in a comment below!
Happy reading! 💛
Lohse, K., Hildebrandt, A., & Hildebrandt, F. (2021). Hypothesis in adult-child interactions stimulate children’s reasoning and verbalizations. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2021.09.014