Description: The Speech Zone Meter is a visual guide for producing the appropriate volume and rate of speech. Ideal for speech therapy goals, general ed classrooms (volume meter), or practicing giving speeches to an audience (both volume and rate). The vertical arrow represents the volume of speech, with the top indicating TOO LOUD and the bottom indicating TOO QUIET. The wavy horizontal line represents the rate of speech, with the shorter waves on the left indicating TOO SLOW and the jagged waves on the right indicating TOO FAST. Instruct your student to keep his or her voice in the green Speech Zone, which makes it easier for the listener to understand the speech. The main Speech Zone Meter includes both volume and rate monitors, but you can print each individually depending on your students’ goals.
Target Group: This visual guide is ideal for students with voice disorders, stuttering disorders, or pragmatic disorders as a result of developmental delays or disorders, including autism and Asperger’s. The meter is also suitable for adult patients, such as those with Parkinson's disease or other disorders. General ed classrooms at primary, secondary, and higher education levels can use the meter during speeches or presentations to provide feedback about the speaker's voice.
Use: One way to teach the student to use the Speech Zone Meter is to take turns producing speech that is too loud or too quiet. Then, practice speech that is too slow or too fast. Next, challenge your student to create speech that is a combination of the two dimensions (e.g., too loud AND too fast, or too quiet AND too slow). Lastly, point to the green Speech Zone as you produce normal speech. Remind your student to speak in the Speech Zone when he or she produces speech that is outside of the zone.
Created by Kate Shepard, M.S., CCC-SLP