An economical and practical form of voice care provision for teaching staff
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This survey was conducted to investigate the recognised problem of teachers suffering from voice problems and to consider what form of prevention is practical and feasible from the perspective of Senior Management Team (SMT) members. The feasibility of general well-being workshops was explored. Of the 16 SMT who responded 87.5% reported that teachers in their school had experienced voice problems, and 31% of teachers received training of differing durations sourced from a number of providers. Of the SMT surveyed, 87.5% suggested the school should make provision. The participants suggested 2 options for voice care provision. Firstly, in-house voice care workshops could run on a half-day teacher training day or twilight session, attended by all staff and funded by the school. Secondly, a general well-being workshop including voice care, could be administered on a training day or twilight session, at the start of the school year. The results provide ideas for introducing feasible and cost-effective voice care training that could be provided by speech and language therapists and will have the benefits of reducing teacher absenteeism and increase teacher effectiveness.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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