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Acoustic Highlighting



What It Is

When we speak, our voice varies in loudness with emphasis on some of the words in our sentences.

When learning to listen, children with hearing loss often need extra emphasis on words in order to listen. The added emphasis draws their attention to the specific word or phrase.

When we stress a particular sound, word or phrase for the child to help him listen to it, we are highlighting it. This technique is called acoustic highlighting.

How To Use It

When you say your sentence, add more stress than usual to the sound, word or phrase you want your child to listen to. In the early stages of listening, this is usually at the end of the phrase or sentence. As your child's listening skills develop, you may need to use this technique for sounds, words, and phrases in the middle of sentences.

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When To Use It

Acoustic highlighting should be used in the early stages of listening to draw the child's attention to a sound, word or phrase. This technique leads to the use of a pattern of speech that doesn't always sound natural. It is very important to stop using this technique and go back to a very natural speech pattern once the child has acquired the sound or understood the word or phrase.

In later stages of listening, you can use it when you want to correct a sound the child either missed saying or said incorrectly, or the child missed a word in the sentence. This draws the child's attention to the correct production, and he can attempt to repeat what he said with greater accuracy.

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