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Speech awareness of volume  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


to increase the child's awareness of loud and quiet sounds

Phonology/Articulation:Voice Control
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Use a music cassette/CD.

Tape/CD player

doll or puppet (optional)

Play the tape, varying the volume at which you play it. Ask the child to dance making large movements for loud music and small movements for quiet music

For all these activities think about the words you are using i.e. 'loud/noisy' and 'quiet/soft'. Avoid 'high' and 'low' as these words are also used to describe pitch.

The child could act the dancing with a doll or puppet if they don't want to dance

Making sounds

Musical instrument that will make sounds at different volumes e.g. shaker

Do this activity in a room where the noise isn't going to disturb other people - or incorporate it into a music lesson


Demonstrate being the leader first

Works well as a group activity

Sorting activity

Pictures of different actions

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