Encourage fun and play,
Experiment with words instead of sounds.
Standing in a circle, one person begins by tossing an imaginary ball to another person who has to catch it. Do this several times so that the group becomes familiar with tossing this imaginary object.
Prompt questions: How big is it? How heavy? How light? How quickly can you toss the ball? How slowly?
Then begin to add a sound so that one person sends the sound “ahh” (while throwing the ball) and the person who receives it has to make the same sound (while catching the ball), “ahh”. Then the receiver becomes the thrower and makes a new sound as they toss it to another person.
How quickly can the group toss the ball? Try not to stop and think before making a new sound. Are you making the same sound every time it comes to you? Can you experiment with higher pitches or lower pitches? Which sounds feel safe to you? Which ones feel uncomfortable? Try to keep the sound on an open vowel.
Reflect back to the group what changes you see day to day as they become more comfortable and free with the exercise.
- Observe the power of sound to communicate
- Encourage play and experimentation
- Focus on listening, watching and recreating
- Explore the impact of mirroring on communication