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How to Play

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How does the Question and Answer Game Play Screen work?

The Question and Answer Game Play is the core game function in Sound Storm. Children are presented with 40 questions where they need to select the appropriate image in response to Nala’s spoken voice.

Nala’s voice along with two distractor voices are sent through the app’s sound mixer at differing volumes depending on your child’s responses. The volume of the voices continues to change as your child progresses through the game. This is to ensure the game remains challenging.

What are the Question and Answer Game Play Screen Instructions?

  1. Listen to Nala’s voice and she will guide you. She will sound like she’s standing in front of you.
  2. Before Nala says something you will hear a beep.
  3. After the beep, you will hear Nala say a sentence, like “The dog ate six red shoes”
  4. After Nala says the sentence, five pictures will appear. The pictures correspond to a number of word choices. For example, a picture of a shoe represents the word ‘shoe’.
  5. Tap the picture that matches one of the words in the sentence Nala says.
  6. Tap on the ‘?’ and the sentence will be repeated once. Tapping it again will skip the sentence.
  7. Sometimes Nala’s voice will get softer and sometimes it will get louder.
  8. You’ll also hear the Sound Storm voices around you at the same time. It is very important to ignore the Sound Storm voices and just focus on what Nala is saying.
Why is the training repetitive?
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As children participate in new activities, they are training their brains to create new neural pathways. The pathways get stronger with repetition until the behaviour is the new normal.

The repetition of the questions in Sound Storm is used to enhance the neural pathways in the brain dedicated to spatial processing.

Why do the sentences get quieter?
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As each game progresses, the target sentences will get quieter and quieter after each correct response. This is to ensure that the training remains at a challenging level.

At the point where your child can no longer hear the target sentence, he or she can either select the ‘?’, or make a guess at the answer. If the answer is incorrect, the app will note this and make the target sentence slightly louder (easier) the next time around.

It is normal to get some of the answers wrong. It means that your child is pushing themselves to listen in more and more challenging listening environments. The important thing is for your child to keep trying their best.

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