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Just for Adults Yes/No Questions
Ages: 16-Adult   Grades: 11-Adult

Increase your client's accuracy answering yes/no questions with these activities that target multiple levels of difficulty from short, simple questions to questions about paragraphs. 


  • Comprehend and answer a variety of yes/no questions
  • Identify salient information


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These one-page lessons are carefully crafted to accommodate the language needs of clients with neurological disorders.  The question complexity increases gradually to successfully advance comprehension skills.  The 430 questions give clients lots of practice opportunities.  A screening tool helps you identify the client's use of strategies and reasoning patterns prior to designing therapy sessions.         

The range of yes/no question types includes:

  • short questions (e.g., Can a chair walk?)
  • object questions (e.g., Are boxes used when packing items?)
  • topic questions about safety, food, occupations, and more (e.g., Does a waiter change tires for customers?)
  • two-item comparisons (e.g., Is a cat older than a kitten?)
  • pictures with questions
  • before and after questions (e.g., Do you set the alarm after you get up?)
  • one- and two-sentence statements with questions
  • paragraphs with questions

You may purchase Just for Adults Yes/No Questions individually or as part of the 6-book Just for Adults set.  The 6-book set consists of:

Just for Adults Abstract Categories

Just for Adults Concrete Categories

Just for Adults Deductions

Just for Adults Following Directions

Just for Adults Word Relationships

Just for Adults Yes/No Questions


Copyright © 2007

40-page book, screening tool, answer key
  • Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is a fundamental human need.  Meeting this need by facilitating and enhancing communication in any form can be vital to a patient's well-being (NSA, 2005).
  • Rehabilitation is an important part of recovering from a stroke, and the goal is to regain as much independence as possible (NSA, 2005).
  • In an extensive review of the literature, Holland, Fromm, DeRuyter, and Stein (1996) found aphasia treatment to be efficacious and benefited the majority of individuals with aphasia in comparison to no treatment groups.
  • Therapy should include tasks that focus on semantic processing, including semantic cueing of spoken output, semantic judgments, categorization, and word-to-picture matching (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Therapy may target the comprehension and production of complex, as well as simple, sentence forms (Taylor-Goh, 2005).

Just for Adults Yes/No Questions incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Holland, A.L., Fromm, D.S., DeRuyter, F., & Stein, M. (1996). Treatment efficacy: Aphasia. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 39, S27-S36.

National Stroke Association (NSA). (2005). Clinical guidelines for stroke rehabilitation and recovery. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.


Kathryn J. Tomlin


Kathryn J. Tomlin, M.S., CCC-SLP, has been a speech-language clinician in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and in long-term care facilities for over 25 years.  She has authored many materials with LinguiSystems over the last 20 years.  Some of her works include:

  • WALC 1 (Workbook of Activities for Language and Cognition) Aphasia Rehab
  • WALC 2 Cognitive Rehab
  • WALC 8 Word Finding
  • WALC 9 Verbal and Visual Reasoning
  • WALC 10 Memory
  • WALC 11 Language for Home Activities
  • The Source for Apraxia Therapy

Zanmi, Kathy's Samoyed, goes to work with her to encourage the clients.  Her clients enjoy feeding and spending time with Zanmi, and Zanmi enjoys their company.  Everybody wins!


Answering yes/no questions is an integral part of our communication.  We ask and are asked yes/no questions every day.  But the ability to answer these questions is frequently impaired in someone who has language or thinking difficulties.

Many factors can hinder one's ability to comprehend or answer these kinds of questions correctly, such as:

  • difficulty understanding language or concepts due to aphasia
  • impulsivity or decreased attention skills causing one to answer before reading or hearing the entire question
  • fixation on giving all yes or all no responses
  • difficulty with manipulating/comparing information when thinking
  • tendency to fixate on exceptions to the most common answers

The exercises in Just for Adults Yes/No Questions address several levels of comprehension of yes/no questions and begin with the easier level at the beginning of the book and progress to a harder difficulty level.  The tasks can be given orally, can be read and done independently, or can be read by a presenter while the client is reading the question.  When done graphically, the tasks require circling or marking the yes or no answer.

The screening tool is not to be used as a test but rather as a way to observe a client's use of strategies and reasoning patterns.  Some questions to think about while observing how the client completes the screening include:

  1. Does the client need to use verbal rehearsal to aid comprehension?
  2. Is the client impulsive, and does his impulsivity lead to errors?
  3. Does the client read too much into the task and become confused?
  4. Is the client aware of his error responses?
  5. Does the client ask for clarification when having difficulty or does he just keep going, whether the item is understood or not?
  6. Does the client miss salient information?
  7. Is the client able to think convergently and divergently?
  8. Does the client have trouble shifting from one task to the next?

These guidelines will help you present the activities in this book.

  • The goals of these exercises are to improve attention, mental manipulation of information, and for comprehension of words and concepts.  Be flexible with presentation and accept answers that are different from your viewpoint if the client can give a logical explanation.  The answers in the Answer Key are provided as a reference and are not intended to be all inclusive.
  • The exercises are not for testing purposes.  Try to make doing them as enjoyable as possible.  Talking about the questions, particularly when correcting error responses, will likely improve the ability to achieve the goals.  Do not get into debates if the person is unable to see another viewpoint for a response.  Just move on to the next item.
  • Be flexible with presentation and with accepting answers that differ from your viewpoint if a logical explanation can be provided by the person.  But there is a caution—you will frequently have to remind the client to answer the questions "in general" as it is human nature to try to think of the one or two exceptions and then generalize it to distort the best answer for that item.

I hope you and your clients find these exercises enjoyable and beneficial.