Prosody refers to the use of pitch, loudness, and tempo while speaking. Some refer to it as the “melody of speech.”
Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech(CAS) are particularly vulnerable to weaknesses in this area due to the nature of the disorder. In fact, according to the American Speech and Language Hearing Association, inappropriate prosody is one of the top three diagnostic markers for CAS.
Some report children have a “staccato” speech pattern, or may sound monotone or robotic. Others report difficulty with volume, and yet others may report putting stress on each syllable of a word, or using inappropriate pausing.
All of these result in prosody errors. I created this game so kids can work on prosody and have fun at the same time!
Some kids may struggle to generalize their speech and language targets. Most SLP’s will vary sentence length and structure when trying to get carryover, but not many think to also vary prosody. Varying the way a child says the word asks their speech system to focus on another aspect of speech while also demanding they produce the target correctly. My students love talking in different voices or doing different actions when saying their words. They always report it’s their favorite game when I ask at the end of the year.
Playing the game is simple: Two sets of 16 characters, 8 additional non character playing cards, and two blank “game grids" are included in this pack. The non character cards include instructions like: lose a turn, take one costume from another player, or return a costume to the deck. Give each child a game grid, and have them take turns drawing costume characters. Whoever fills up their game board first with a “different” character occupying each box, wins!