This Is Yes Or No

Music Therapy yes/no videos & songs for special needs individuals.
Goal 1: Client will answer yes/no questions in response to identical pictures.
Goal 2: Client will answer yes/no questions in response to similar pictures.
Domains: Language, Academics

How to answer yes/no questions is a difficult skill to teach. Educators commonly respond “yes” to correct answers and “no” to incorrect answers. When “yes” and “no” become the answers, things can get confusing. If a student correctly answers “no” and a teacher responds with “yes,” the student may believe that they are incorrect. If a student incorrectly answers “no” and a teacher tries to correct them by saying “no,” the student may interpret the teacher as confirming their answer as correct. AAAHHH!!!

I have revised this project many times over the years and I think I have found the best solution – a visual template. YES (green letters), nodding head, and a green checkmark on the left. NO (red letters), shaking head, and a red X on the right. Verbal and non-verbal students can answer by sliding the picture in question to the left or right. The teacher can non-verbally correct the student by moving the picture to the opposite side as needed.

Another difficulty in teaching this skill is just getting the student to understand that you are looking for a “yes” or “no” answer. The visual template is designed to make this clear. The questions are all structured the same: “Is this a (noun)?” A word of advice: (because I sometimes make this mistake myself) don’t switch from yes/no to a “WH” question like “What is this?” Instead of providing clarity, this tends to create confusion. You may end up with your student singing the names of the objects instead of answering “yes” or “no.”

Every kid is different. Some like saying “yes,” some like saying “no,” and some play the odds – alternating every answer. A previous version of this project had just one “yes” and two “no” answers for every picture. The unintended consequence of this was that some students began answering “no” every time because usually that was the correct answer. When altering the project to 4 questions, 2 “yes” and 2 “no” per picture, some kids (through the process of elimination) got really good at answering that fourth and final question. AAAHHH! What I’ve come up with is a series of 10 videos with 4 questions each. This combination should be able to overcome any yes/no bias your student has.

Videos 1 & 6 = 4 “yes” answers & 0 “no” answers
Videos 2 & 7 = 3 “yes” answers & 1 “no” answer
Videos 3 & 8 = 2 “yes” answers & 2 “no” answers
Videos 4 & 9 = 1 “yes” answer & 3 “no” answers
Videos 5 & 10 = 0 “yes” answers & 4 “no” answers

Videos 1 through 5 use identical pictures: bus, pig, bed, shoe, and cloud. They utilize the skill of matching. If the picture in question is identical to the above pictures, the answer is “yes.” If not, the answer is “no.”

Videos 6 through 10 use similar pictures: car, dog, chair, shirt, and tree. They utilize the skill of categorization. If the picture in question belongs to the same category as the above pictures, the answer is “yes.” If not, the answer is “no.”

There are regular videos which sing and show the correct answers and fill-in-the-blank videos for your students to sing and/or show the answers. There are regular songs which sing the correct answers and fill-in-the-blank songs for your students to sing and/or show the answers. My preference is to begin with a regular video, such as This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus. Then switch to a song, This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus (fill-in-the-blank), using the same four visuals in the same order as the video. And finally repeat the song, This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus (fill-in-the-blank), but change the visuals as well as the number and order of yes/no answers. This teaching sequence provides a helpful model while also ensuring that a student is actually answering yes/no questions instead of just memorizing a pattern.

This Is Yes Or No (identical) download includes:

  • 11 videos [mp4 video files]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No (fill-in-the-blank)
  • 11 songs [mp3 audio files]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No (fill-in-the-blank)
  • 5 lyrics [PDF]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud
  • 5 lyrics & chords [PDF]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud
  • 30 flashcards [PDF]
  • 1 answer template [PDF]

(identical) DOWNLOAD PAGE

This Is Yes Or No (similar) download includes:

  • 11 videos [mp4 video files]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No (fill-in-the-blank)
  • 11 songs [mp3 audio files]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No (fill-in-the-blank)
  • 5 lyrics [PDF]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree
  • 5 lyrics & chords [PDF]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree
  • 30 flashcards [PDF]
  • 1 answer template [PDF]

(similar) DOWNLOAD PAGE

This Is Yes Or No (all) download includes:

  • 21 videos [mp4 video files]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No (fill-in-the-blank)
  • 21 songs [mp3 audio files]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree (fill-in-the-blank)
    • This Is Yes Or No (fill-in-the-blank)
  • 10 lyrics [PDF]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree
  • 10 lyrics & chords [PDF]
    • This Is Yes Or No – 1 Bus
    • This Is Yes Or No – 2 Pig
    • This Is Yes Or No – 3 Bed
    • This Is Yes Or No – 4 Shoe
    • This Is Yes Or No – 5 Cloud
    • This Is Yes Or No – 6 Car
    • This Is Yes Or No – 7 Dog
    • This Is Yes Or No – 8 Chair
    • This Is Yes Or No – 9 Shirt
    • This Is Yes Or No – 10 Tree
  • 60 flashcards [PDF]
  • 1 answer template [PDF]

(all) DOWNLOAD PAGE


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