Voice problems and teaching…an occupational hazard?

When I run courses for teachers, I ask about their knowledge of voice care and their previous experiences of voice care training. Given the demands of being a professional voice user, I’m amazed at how the general feedback is that there is a lack of training in voice care or voice projection either at university or […]

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Speech development…what is normal?

As children start to talk, they vary in terms of how clear their speech is. Some children seem to speak clearly from the word go. Others start off clear and then become less clear as they say more. Others are difficult to understand at the start but as they acquire more words, the clarity also […]

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Vocal fatigue…what it is and what you can do about it

What is vocal fatigue? Vocal fatigue is when the voice deteriorates with use. This could be after a day of teaching, an evening of singing, or after a few hours talking in a noisy environment. What causes vocal fatigue? While vocal fatigue can be a symptom of a specific  voice problem, including physical voice problems, […]

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A-capella singing group looking for members, Rossmore, West Cork

A new group has started at Rossmore Theatre working with a collaborative and creative approach to choosing and arranging contemporary songs for A-capella performance. They meet on Tuesday evenings from 8-10pm, facilitated by Community Musician and Choir leader, Caz Jeffreys. New members are welcome and your first visit is free of charge. Members commit to […]

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How to lose your fear of public speaking

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      On Thursday 13th November from 10.30-11.00am, Clonakilty library will be hosting a talk by John Keating, Distinguished Toastmaster, on the 7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking. Sounds like a very worthwhile and interesting talk.

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Freeing the voice: Voice Care & Voice Projection workshop

For trainers, teachers, public speakers, amateur singers and actors…or anyone who relies on their voice for work or fun Saturday 22nd November, Bru Columbanus, Wilton, Co. Cork. 2.00-5.00pm Click here for more information.  

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Language units for children with specific speech and language impairments

Some children have a specific difficulty with learning to speak and/or understand or use language, despite having an average or above average IQ. This difficulty has different names, most frequently , specific speech and language impairment (SSLI), specific language impairment (SLI) or specific speech and language disorder (SSLD). Children with SSLI need regular speech and […]

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Let me introduce myself…Communication Passports

What is it? A communication passport is a person-centred book which supports someone who cannot speak for themselves. It is a way of sharing information about a person in a clear, simple format, focusing on the person as being a unique, valued individual. What goes in it? It can include any of the following: Key […]

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Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking….some useful tips

Some of us are natural public speakers, many more of us are not. When we’re nervous, this can affect how we speak, as we stumble over words or struggle with a weak voice. If you fall into this category, then here are a couple of tips which can help you feel more at ease, and […]

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For teachers: Working with school age children who are bilingual.

I am often asked about bilingualism by teachers, particularly in relation to children whose first language is not English, and it is now a topic that I always include on my summer teacher training courses at the West Cork Education Centre. Across the world, bilingualism (and multi-lingualism) is more common than monolingualism (one language). There are […]

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