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From: Ken Logan
Date: 17 Apr 2010
Time: 10:20:47 -0500
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
Hi Tatyana, That's a good observation. When designing therapy programs, it is often easy to focus on all the textbook characteristics of a disorder (i.e., what the person is SUPPOSED to do), and then overlook other things that the person actually does. So, I would say, yes, if pitch (or stress or intonation) is a factor that affects communication, then it should be addressed. Sometimes, SLPs ask people to alter multiple aspects of speech simultaneously, and that can be overwhelming for the patient/student. So, it may be best to introduce these skills in steps or layers, e.g., first rate, second stress and phrasing, etc...