What is the course about?
An explanation of voice production will be made, followed by analysis of how and why voices are affected by stammering and also in general, how they can be changed by making differences in production. General principles regarding voice care and its use will be introduced, some of which will involve working through exercises in order to establish them. They include for example those for relaxation, posture, breathing and phonation. Later, where appropriate, these can be adapted to help stammering more specifically. The needs of the group will however be taken into account with regard to practice given. Attention will also be directed to the use of strategies in more stressful speaking situations.
What will we cover?
Voice production theory.
What goes wrong with voice and how it can be changed by differences in its production..
Voice care advice.
Practice at muscle tension reduction (relaxation.)
Practice at establishment of correct posture and breathing for voice and application of principles into block modification as appropriate.
Phonation practice, according to the needs of the group (e.g. voice onset, voice quality/tone, volume, etc) and application of use for stammering, as appropriate.
Stressful speaking situations and use of strategies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Identify areas in the vocal tract or related, which affect your voice production and stammer.
Demonstrate muscle tension and relaxation.
Demonstrate an awareness of correct posture and breathing patterns for voice and speech in structured practice.
Generate ideas on how knowledge of voice production can be applied to stammering therapy (desensitisation and modification.)
Apply two or more of the ideas presented in a stressful speaking situation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for people who stammer who have already attended an intensive course or evening class (Stage 1 Stammering Therapy). It is also suitable for people who are new to the City Lit.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Students will learn through a variety of methods including presentation by tutor, large and small group work. There will be a particular emphasis on feedback and video will be used. Handouts will be given.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A variety of Stage 2 courses and workshops. Advice on other courses at the City Lit is available during drop-in advice times (see programme guide for details.).