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S/Z Ratio Below 1.0

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What does an S/Z ratio below 1.0 mean? Research indicates that this may be “normative” in some situations, as there is considerable overlap in the s/z ratios of those with and without laryngeal pathology.

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Homework (Voice Pack 3)

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Integrating the practice Clients should be instructed to build their practice gradually. It should be recognized that they have been provided with far too many exercises (from the totality of Voice Packs 1-3) for them to practice each one every day. Rather, clients should be encouraged to take a step-wise approach. Perhaps one day they […]

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Be Gentle!

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Instructions Gentleness is an important key to strengthening the speaking voice. Many clients find it counterintuitive at first to learn that, to strengthen the voice, one must relax. Many clients come to sessions believing that they must ‘work’ at strengthening the voice, that it will be effortful. Hopefully, participation in the group and practicing the […]

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Acoustic Influences on Voice

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Instructions The ideas presented in the information sheet (see below) can be used to lead a discussion on this vital area. Clients should be encouraged to share their experiences and to consider solutions to some of the difficulties they face. Acoustic Influences on Voice The Department of Education, Victoria, Australia1, has recommended that if you […]

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Voice Projection

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[NB: A slightly different variation of these exercises has been presented elsewhere on this website (see Voice Projection Exercises). However, they are re-presented here to keep the materials readily accessible under the rubric of Strengthening the Speaking Voice.] Instructions A set of self-explanatory, graded exercises is presented that progress as follows. Varying the volume using […]

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Contents of Voice Pack 3 Aims Voice Projection Acoustic Influences on Voice Gentleness Certificate Contact Details   Aims The aims of the third session are: To demonstrate a safe technique that will allow clients to raise their voice in a controlled way. To provide guidance on the acoustic influences that can affect our voices. To […]

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Homework (Voice Pack 2)

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Instructions   Probably about twice per day for about 15 minutes on each occasion (see comments on Homework in Voice Pack 1). NEXT >> VOICE PACK 3: DESCRIPTION

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Easy Onset

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Instructions Single words This is an extension of the exercises introduced in Yawn-sigh into Vowels and Limbering on ‘h’. To begin with, have the clients produce each word as if following the yawn-sigh exercise, i.e. Have clients take in a deep, relaxed breath using the abdominal technique, yawning if necessary. Have them gently expel the […]

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Limbering on ‘m’

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Instructions This exercise is similar to Limbering on /h/. This time, however, all sounds (/m/ and vowels) are voiced. A right way to hum Before beginning this exercise, it is important to explain that there is a ‘right way to hum’ and a ‘wrong way to hum’. The ‘wrong way’ can be described as a […]

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Limbering on ‘h’

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Instructions This is a standard precursory exercise for introducing the concept of easy onset. Identifying vibrations of the vocal cords You have already introduced the clients to the vowels. If you have not already done so, ask them to place a hand on their voice box and say the sound /ɑ/ (ah) for a few […]

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