Step-by-Step Plan for Prosody

Step-by-Step Plan for Prosody



Description: Prosody can be difficult to work on!  Here’s a simple hierarchy where we did task analysis to break down this larger skill into a step-by-step plan.  Try these simple steps to take a child who’s not aware of prosody to understanding and using prosody correctly!  Here’s our step-by-step process.  Keep in mind this is just a starting point.  Not all children will take these steps in this order or even need to do all of the steps.  Use this as a starting point and then customize it to the child you’re working on.

  1. Child will attend to variations in pitch, rate, and volume (high/low, fast/slow, loud/quiet)
  2. Child will demonstrate prosody variations in non-speech sounds (like sound effects) (high/low, fast/slow, loud/quiet)
  3. Child will demonstrate prosody variations in speech (high/low, fast/slow, loud/quiet)
  4. Child will use appropriate prosody in single words (emphasis on correct syllable, etc.)
  5. Child will use appropriate prosody in phrases and sentences (stress the right word, correct intonation and pausing, etc.)
  6. Child will use appropriate prosody in connected speech

For more ideas on how to work on these different steps, click to download the handout above!

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