When you ask your child too many questions they realize you are quizzing them. When you question too much, children tend to shut down and limit their responses. It can have the opposite effect of what is intended.

Instead of questioning, comment! Children learn by listening to you talk. Dialogue is encouraged by commenting too, because it is more natural than questioning. 

If you have to question, Hanen recommends saying at least three comments before asking one question. Also, refrain from asking closed ended questions that require yes or no responses. Asking open ended questions provides more opportunities for your child to communicate. 

Example of a closed ended question, “Do you want water?” – They respond with yes or no.

Example of an open ended question, “Do you want water or milk?”- They respond with more words & gestures.