Prosody is the “music” of speech: the rhythm, stress, and intonation of our spoken language. It conveys important information that is not encoded simply by our choice of words, including elements such as emotion, sarcasm, emphasis, and the form of our utterance (whether we are asking a question, giving a command, or making a comment). Prosody can serve as the spoken equivalent of a written punctuation mark, and it can let our listeners know when we are at the end of our conversational turn.
Why is Prosody Important?
People on the Autism Spectrum typically have some level of impairment in their ability to perceive, interpret or express the subtle differences in spoken language. As a result, they may interpret language too literally, miss or misuse multiple meaning words, or misinterpret sarcasm and irony. From an expressive standpoint, people on the Autism Spectrum often have “flat” voices that lack typical intonation and stress patterns, which may give others the inaccurate impression that they are bored, disinterested, humorless, or downright rude.
Based on the results of an initial Prosody Screening Test, we will develop an individualized course aimed at improving fundamental expressive and receptive prosodic skills, including:
- Voice Volume
- Speaking Rate
- Syllable and Word Stress
- Intonation and Inflection
- Emotional Expression
- Sarcasm and Irony
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