Preview: Auditory Training for Suprasegmental Perception Skills

Auditory Training for Suprasegmental Perception Skills

Audience: Teachers of the deaf, special education classroom teachers, itinerants, pediatric speech-language pathologists

Auditory Training for Suprasegmental Perception Skills is Course 2 in a series of four self-paced courses created to save teachers and SLPs time in helping children ages 2-12 develop fundamental auditory skills using the CID Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation, or SPICE. In this course, you will learn how to help a child develop suprasegmental perception skills related to duration, stress and intonation. These encompass the second goal in the systematic application of the curriculum.

This course builds on Course 1 of our four-part series on SPICE. After a child who is deaf or hard of hearing can successfully detect speech, he is ready to develop suprasegmental perception skills.  (We typically teach these skills at the same time we teach vowel and consonant skills [see “Auditory Training for Vowel and Consonant Perception Skills”]).  Even if you don’t have the SPICE materials, you can apply the concepts and principles covered in this series.

This course covers a framework of strategies, goals, objectives and activities geared to helping children move from perceiving gross differences in duration, stress and intonation to identifying finer differences between stimuli.  The CIDSPICE curriculum offers a rich set of activities you can tailor to the needs of each child according to his age, interests and abilities.

The course includes classroom video so you can see effective teaching practices in action.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate a child’s suprasegmental perception abilities.
  • Describe considerations for designing suprasegmental perception lessons for children of different ages and abilities.
  • Describe strategies to teach suprasegmental perception skills.

Length:  Approximately 30 minutes

Continuing Education Credits

ASHA CEU disclaimer Intro 0 05

.5 LSLS CEUs, AG Bell Academy

Disclosure Statement





Financial: At the time this course was produced, Ms. Manley was the Associate Coordinator of the Emerson Center for Professional Development at CID – Central Institute for the Deaf.

Non-financial: Ms. Manley is the author of the SPICE 2nd Edition (Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation) auditory training curriculum. CID holds the copyright to the SPICE 2nd Edition. Ms. Manley receives no royalties or financial benefit from its sale.

CID – Central Institute for the Deaf has developed and published an auditory learning curriculum trademarked as SPICE (Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation). This presentation will focus on the SPICE auditory learning curriculum and evaluation, and will include limited information on similar or related products.


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