My Voice is a tool designed for students who have trouble regulating, controlling or understanding how to use their voice volume to meet varied communicative functions, such as calling, telling, conversing or whispering.
We naturally use our volume depending on the context, situation or person, but some children do not learn this naturally. This tool will be helpful for students: on the autism spectrum, with language delays, ADHD. anxiety disorders or possibly selective mutism.
It's also just a best practice tool, raising situational awareness and social skills.
19 Total Pages to explicitly help students understand and practice different voices.
Page 1. 1-5 My Voice Visual Scale with descriptors next to each 'Voice". These statements are written in a social story manner, so it helps students understand why we change our voice. (eg., A 5 Voice is very loud. We used a 5 Voice to yell. Yelling is good for the playground when I am playing. I can use a 5 Voice to call someone far away.)
Page 2. 1-5 My Voice Visual Scale with BLANK boxes. This is to use to INDIVIDUALIZE the functions of each voice, in case my descriptions do not align with yours.
Pages 3-12: 6 'scripts' per page to practice using each voice. Carry these scripts onto the playground (a 5 Voice), in the cafeteria (a 3 or 4 Voice), or into the library (a 1 or 2 Voice). Each Voice level also has labeled BLANK scripts for you to add new scripts. Without practicing in varied situations and contexts, this skill cannot be generalized. So send them home too!
Page 13: Three, 'My Voice' Scales to serve as bookmarks, or smaller visual supports for desks, cubbies or doors. Bring them to Music! This is where collaboration is awesome!
Page 14: Two, My Voice" Scales - horizontal. I always try to vary presentation if vertical is not effective.
Page 15-16: "My Voice" Scales- with space for writing or drawing. Be creative!
Page 17-19: Match up game: Have your students problem solve, match or even point to the 'Voice' they would use with the pictures presented (30 in total). I recommend starting with pointing, or sorting pictures- then gradually move to performing each "Voice" in different places. Attach velcro tabs and make it an activity you can use again and again in groups.
All in All- I have personally started using this tool in the classroom and it is working!
The Teaching Assistants, parents and even the Music Teacher has joined in and - school wide- we have started to really integrate these concepts into our daily routines.
Please let me know if you find an error, as this is a new product and I'm sure there's a glitch somewhere.
Thank you for sharing fair feedback- and most of all, thank you for Supporting your Students!