Volume Control, Noise Control, and Voice Tone Control:
Visuals for Effective Noise Level Management
Do you have students who need extra help understanding proper volume levels for their voices? These three different visuals will work wonders in your classroom. Effective at levels kindergarten through 12th grade this tool is effective for both general education students and students with learning disabilities including autism. The volume control allows teachers and students to monitor their speaking level in the classroom room or throughout the school. Pictures, colors, and numbered levels provide simple, structured explanations for the various types of volume. Also include is a large volume control chart to post at the front of your classroom. Each of the 5 levels (yelling, loud, inside voice, whisper, and no talking) are printed on a full sheet of paper.
Because I've had several students with autism effectively use the volume control monitor to control their talking or shouting, but will continue to make distracting noises (humming, whistling, or general grunting), I created a "Noise Level Monitor." This has greatly helped decrease the amount of undesired noises in the classroom.
Also included is a "Voice Tone Monitor" that allows you to teach appropriate and inappropriate voice tone. This helps students process what the sound/tone of their voice means and helps them correct any tone issues which can increase positive socialization, peer interactions, and general well being. My classroom's overall positivity has increased and adult and student stress levels have decreased. Please see my preview file for examples!
Print either the charts for the classroom or the small chart for a student to use in their personal space. I use the small one for students to keep at their work areas, in their folders or even wear on a lanyard around the neck. Glue the printed chart on construction paper or cardstock. Laminate and cut out. Use the supplied arrow and tape it to a clothespin. This allows the teacher to move the arrow to the appropriate volume category. If a clothespin is to cumbersome, use a paperclip to easily move around. Most teachers I've given this to use a magnet or a laminated arrow with sticky tack on the back to indicate the appropriate volume level.
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