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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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Respiratory System

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Instructions In preparation for introducing the Abdominal Breathing technique, it is often helpful to give a brief overview of the anatomy of breathing, focusing on how the tummy moves out as we breathe in, and how the tummy moves in as we breathe out. Diagrams to assist understanding of the respiratory system are provided. These […]

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Stopping Throat Clearing

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Instructions A method of breaking the cycle of coughing/throat clearing → tingly/sore/tight sensations → coughing/throat clearing → etc. → etc. is presented in terms of three staged actions. Repetitive cycle All three steps should be introduced, demonstrated and practiced in turn, so that each client understands how to implement each step should this be necessary. Each client should be […]

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Do’s and Don’ts

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Instructions The voice therapist should introduce and lead a discussion around the vocal hygiene advice presented in the Do’s and Don’ts leaflet (reproduced immediately below and downloadable at the end of this page). As the name implies, vocal hygiene advice is presented in terms of what to do and what to avoid doing. Clients can […]

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Functional Voice Difficulty

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Instructions Referring to the information leaflet (written out immediately below and downloadable at the end of this page), a brief explanation of functional voice difficulty should be provided. The leaflet sets out the following information. Functional voice difficulty is explained as a voice difficulty in which the voice quality is poor without any obvious anatomical, […]

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ssv voice pack 1 description

Contents of Voice Pack 1 Functional Voice Difficulty Do’s and Don’ts Stopping Throat Clearing Abdominal Breathing Breathing Exercises Respiratory System Lifestyle and Vocal Behaviors Relaxation Audio (optional) Aims The aims of the first session are: [1] To explain what is meant by a functional voice difficulty and to describe some of the symptoms and what […]

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Course Schedule

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Example timeline This section provides an example outline of a complete course delivery schedule and suggestions for follow-up actions to be taken, and when, subsequent to clients completing the course. Clearly, local circumstances may necessitate varying this schedule to suit one’s own situation. Weeks 1-3 It is necessary to emphasize throughout the delivery of this […]

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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.