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Speech To understand and hear the difference between noisy (voiced) and quiet (voiceless) sounds: Comments  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities help your child develop understanding of noisy (voiced) and quiet (voiceless) sounds. When we talk, some of the sounds we use make our vocal cords in our voice box vibrate. These are called noisy (voiced) sounds. When sounds are made without your vocal cords vibrating, these are called quiet (voiceless) sounds. You can find you voice box by feeling for the lump in the front of your neck. Place your hand gently on this lump and make a 'zzzzzz' sound (like a bee buzzing). You should feel your voice box vibrate. Now make a 'ssssss' sound (like a snake hissing) with your hand in the same place - you will not feel the vibration this time.

Using noisy/quiet sounds appropriately when we are talking help to distinguish the meaning between words such as pig/big and ten/den. Sometimes when children develop their speech sound system they have a process called voicing - this is where noisy sounds are used instead of quiet sounds, e.g. saying 'gar' instead of 'car'. Devoicing is the process where children use quiet sounds instead of noisy sounds, e.g. 'poat' instead of 'boat'. Devoicing is much less common than voicing.

When working on developing noisy/quiet sounds, it is best to consult a speech and language therapist to guide you through activities suitable for your child.

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