A “Tone of Voice Problem”

I love using videos and especially humor to get a conversation going with my social skills clients. Check out this Jerry Sienfeld stand up video as he talks about tone of voice. Yes, it’s a little dated and chauvinistic, but I can still find a lot of humor in it.



*FYI to Jerry Sienfeld: tone of voice misunderstandings can occur with all people male or female! ; )


Helping your students learn about tone of voice can be challenging because it is very context based. What the person is actually communicating though tone is dependent on the person, the history and relationship they have with the person and the situation.

Are they serious? Are they joking? Are they upset?



Here are some resources that you can use to help your students learn about tone of voice:

I really like this prosody treatment program published by LinguiSystems . I like how they make the phrases visual with circles. The bigger the circle, the more the emphasis and stressed placed.

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Prosody Treatment Program





I’ve also created a few activities related to tone of voice over the years. Check them out below on my TPT store.

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Let’s Talk About Tone of Voice




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Context Based Informal Assessment of Tone of Voice



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Sarcastic or Real? A Context Based Approach to Teaching Sarcasm



Have fun helping others learn about the “tone of voice problem”!


The Creative SLP

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