Monday, September 5, 2016

Using a Child's Voice

Animated Step-by-Steps® are primarily designed to serve children, preschool through grade 2 or 3. Since most of the titles are designed to address an early childhood agenda, I typically use a child’s voice when adding voice-output.

In the previous post, I outlined the steps for adding voice-output to key symbols on the page to create a greater participatory role for children who are cognitively young. In the case of an Animated Step-by-Step Poem, Albuquerque Turkey, you might consider adding voice-output to the rhyming words.

In this post we will discuss the process of recording speech/sounds using a free open source program called Audacity. Audacity is also crucial to the process of converting an ‘adult voice’ into a ‘child voice’.  Here are the steps:

1.     Download Audacity

2.     Open Audacity and on the menu bar … select TracksAdd NewAudio Track

3.     Press the red circle to record, and the yellow square to stop; press the green arrow on the left to listen to your recording;

4.     Remove extraneous clicks (highlight by dragging the cursor across the area and press delete)

5. Highlight the recording then select Effects on the menu bar, then select Change Pitch

  6. In the box labeled Percent Change, type in the % increase that you desire

(I typically use 20)

7. After listening to your recording (green arrow on left) Export your recording, then press OK 
(okay) when the dialog box appears.

8. Name (Save As box) and Save your recording. I save my recording in a WAV Format as this audio format is cross platform (Windows, Mac) within PowerPoint.

Visit a previous post for further information on assigning recorded speech to key cells.

…’til the next post …  (new posts every Monday)

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©2016 Carol Goossens’, Ph.D.
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Speech-Language Pathologist
Special Educator