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Listening Games for Children with Speech Difficulties

Sixteen suggested listening games for children with speech difficulties. Developing good listening skills and attention control are essential for the further development of speech sounds. The games outlined here are a relatively easy and relaxed way to help young children develop the underpinning skills necessary for speech sound development.

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VOICE PACK 2: DESCRIPTION

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Contents of Voice Pack 2 Head and Neck Exercises Guide to Vowels Yawn-Sigh into Vowels Limbering on ‘h’ Limbering on ‘m’ Easy Onset (words/phrases/utterances) Aims The aims of the second session are: To demonstrate some exercises to reduce any aches and pains in the muscles around the head and neck area. To show clients how […]

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Homework (Voice Pack 1)

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Instructions Clients should be encouraged to practice a little every day rather than, say, waiting until the end of the week and practicing for two hours. They should be reminded that the goal is for them to make these techniques a habit in everyday situations and, therefore, they need to be practiced for a few […]

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Relaxation Audio (optional)

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Experience has shown that some form of guided relaxation can be helpful for people with functional dysphonia, especially if practiced regularly. It is, therefore, recommended that clients be given access to an audio file (e.g. CD, downloadable MP3, relaxation app, YouTube link) that they can use on their own at a time and place that […]

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Lifestyle and Vocal Behaviors

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Instructions This section focuses on vocal misuse and abuse. However, it is recommended that these terms are not used with clients. The terms misuse and abuse may have derogatory connotations and may be interpreted as inferring that a client’s vocal behaviors are in some way willful/intentional. Consequently, to aid positive engagement with the concepts, it […]

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Breathing Exercises

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Instructions Now that the clients have had some practice at abdominal breathing in the standing position, the subsequent exercises can be carried out sitting. Sitting position Two sets of exercises are presented. Before carrying out the exercises, however, help the clients adopt an appropriate, well-supported but relaxed sitting position. To illustrate the appropriate relaxed posture, […]

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Abdominal Breathing

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Instructions Clients should be encouraged to “breathe a little lower, towards the tummy” and a standard explanation of how to implement abdominal/diaphragmatic breathing should be presented. Note that, as clients breathe in, it is helpful to encourage them to yawn gently. This is not an aggressive yawn but a gentle, relaxed yawn such as when […]

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HUMAN COMMUNICATION 101

Human Communication 101 is a series of introductory texts providing high quality information on selected aspects of human communication, with particular emphasis on speech, language and communication needs.

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The Causes of Stuttering

The causes of stuttering are unknown but neurological development, parental reaction, trauma and a predisposition to stuttering have all been suggested.