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From The CriticsReviewer: Moya L. Andrews, EdD, CCC-SLP(Indiana University)
Description: The authors provide a clear rationale for the importance of voice hygiene programming and present an illustrative outline and relevant goals and strategies. The ideas presented can be adapted to prevent and ameliorate vocal abuse and misuse in school-age children of various ages.
Purpose: The purpose is to help speech-language pathologists engage in preventative activities that can be implemented in classroom settings with large groups of school-age children, thus providing an alternative to traditional voice therapy for vocal abuse and misuse. However, the ideas are also applicable in one-on-one and small group interactions.
Audience: Speech-language pathologists and students in training, as well as classroom teachers, can employ these materials. The ideas are relevant to the improvement of students' understanding as well as use of appropriate voice patterns.
Features: The program is sequenced to begin with the development of an awareness of voice versus speech, and ideas to teach how voice is produced. This is followed by activities to teach children the identification and labeling of various vocal parameters and the improvement of auditory discrimination skills. Next, examples of vocal abuse and misuse and practice in identifying and reducing negative behaviors are illustrated. The program concludes with a section to facilitate carryover of appropriate voice use. The sample outline and suggested activities are accompanied by drawings, photographs, and voice samples presented on audio tape. Receptive as well as expressive voice tasks are described at each stage of the program.
Assessment: There are no other resources currently available that provide taped samples for identification activities for children. The audio tape samples are well paced and the narrator has an appealing voice quality. The addition of the materials such as the photographs, drawings, taped examples, and activity sheets make this resource especially attractive to the busy practitioner.