If you have ever worked on modifying a child’s volume either as a speech pathologist or as a concerned parent in a noisy house, you probably know how difficult it can be for children to remain aware of their volume. If you are a parent who has seen a speech pathologist regarding your child’s issues with volume and voice , you may be familiar with voice meter visuals that are used to educate children regarding which volumes are appropriate for different environments.
These are great tools; however they do not provide the constant feedback that is necessary to change some children’s poor vocal behaviour.
A tool that does provide children with ongoing feedback about their volume level is the ‘Too Loud Kids Noise Meter and Timer’ application available to download onto tablets.
Here are some of the useful features of the too loud kids noise meter and timer app:
- The volume meter has an indicator that tells the child if they are in the green (safe) zone or moving into the orange (warning) zone and the red (unsafe/loud) zone
- An alarm sound goes off and animations such as the glass shattering or changes in the animal’s expression alert the child that they are being too loud.
- A timer feature is also available to allow for practice across different time intervals from seconds to hours. As time elapses, there are also reinforcement stickers that track whether the volume is staying in the safe range or has been too loud.
- The sensitivity of the volume meter can be adjusted on a scale from 1-100 for different contexts such as in general conversation or during reading time. The dampening feature can also be adjusted from 1-100 for transition into different environments. The app also comes preloaded with a few setting such as silent, quiet group and class for easy sensitivity adjustment.
- There are a range of themes to choose from which incorporate plenty of colourful scenes and characters making the application very child friendly.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have speech pathology related questions, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.
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