The use of our voice/speech is one of the primary modes of communication between people. As children grow, they start to experiment with speech sounds in terms of pitch and volume. However, they must also learn to control their volume level in order to adapt to different situations and environments. Children will learn to be perceptive to their surroundings and follow social etiquettes. For example, children learn to be silent or use whisper voice in a library or not to shout when conversing with someone sitting right next to them. Teaching them to moderate their voice volume level allows children to understand that they are in control over their own behaviour and gain insight into which behaviours are deemed appropriate and which are inappropriate. This is a fundamental self-control concept and will help other self-management behaviours to be more easily acquired.
Use visual aids such as the chart displayed below to teach voice volume control:-
Watch the video to see how therapist teaching in action :-
Number: Can be cut and brought in different settings as reminder
Example of situations
Definition of voice level label
Follow these steps to teach voice level control!
Go through the chart level by level.
For each level, model the correct volume for the child and have them imitate you.
Explain what each level means and the situations under which we utilise this volume. E.g. use loud voice only in the park
Practise at home or other environments to ensure child can generalise this skill!