The powerhouse museum will be holding an exhibition from now until the 28th of January where you can learn about the human voice, how it locates us socially, geographically and psychologically. This interactive exhibit combines performance, video, visuals and sound to present works by artists and vocalists and incorporated paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects to take you on an acoustic journey. Learn about how the voice is so flexible that it can be altered with treatment and training, much like what occurs in Speech Pathology intervention. The exhibition will take you on an interactive tour showing you through the vocal tracts as well as speech devices to see how we convey meaning and emotion through voice patterns of rhythm, stress and intonation. This exhibit is a fantastic way for older children, especially those who have difficulties with their voice, to discover the power of voice beyond the words that make up our communication and understand the human voice.
Understand language through Chinese whispers
Chinse whispers is a great way for children to understand how volume plays a significant role in effective communication and how a message can be changed completely just by one sound being distorted. The game starts with everyone sitting in a circle and one person thinks of a short phrase. This person whispers it in the ear of the person to their right and that person then does the same and passes the message to the person on their right until the it comes around full circle. The last person then says the message out aloud and everyone has a laugh at how different the phrase has become.
Send messages through a DIY telephone
This activity is a nice way to get kids together to have a closer listen to how their speech sounds through a fun crafting activity. All you need is two cups, a piece of string, a pair of scissors and a needle or sharp pencil. First, poke a hole with the needle in the centre of the bottom of each cup just big enough to fit the string through it. Place the string though each hole, a few metres of string between each cup and tie a knot so it sits inside each cup to hold the string in place between the cups. Now the phone is ready for some talking. Make sure the sting is tight and the two speakers are far from each other. Place one cup over your mouth and the other person places their cup to their ear. Now talk loudly into the cup and the other person should be able to hear your message on the other end. This activity is great for listening and practicing speech sounds as well. Take turns making sounds and the other person has to guess what sound it is and make it back. This activity is also great for teaching children how the voice causes vibrations in the air, which travel in waves down the string the out the other end so our ears can interpret the message.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you require speech therapy, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective treatment targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.