DID YOU KNOW?...Teachers regularly talk at 70dB which is the equivalent to talking over a vacuum cleaner. 24% of teachers have to take time off for voice related illness. 60% of teachers surveyed have had voice problems (ATL, Association of Teachers and Lecturers). As we age, changes occur in the larynx too, giving previously untroubled voices cause for concern. Vocal warm-ups prior to strenuous use have been shown to aid vocal health. An impaired voice places additional demands upon the listener so concentration is spent upon deciphering the actual words, thus reducing the amount of information taken in (survey by Chorley and South Ribble senior language therapist 2007).
ALL SESSIONS. create understanding about vocal function provide experience using vocal range and expression stimulate awareness of voice use present information about seeking help"I never really thought about how I use my voice so it was good to think about it in a professional way"recommend practical measures for keeping the voice healthy offer guidance and practical solutions for heavy voice loading motivate teachers to explore further