Your Child’s Voice

Your child’s voice helps them communicate effectively. Help them take care of it!

  1. Encourage them to use a gentle voice or indoor voice. They should avoid yelling or screaming, and even talking loudly. Surprisingly, they should also avoid whispering!
  2. Reduce background noise. If you are in a noisy place, encourage them not to talk. At sports games, use noise makers instead of loud voices.
  3. Get them to avoid making animal or car noises with their voice. When you play with them, talk quietly and gently to encourage them to do so, too.
  4. Teach them to get people’s attention by approaching them and tapping them.
  5. Teach them to avoid talking a lot for extended periods of time.
  6. Make sure they eat well and get enough rest and sleep.
  7. Ensure that they eat at least an hour before bedtime.
  8. Make sure their posture is good and that they breathe well.
  9. Get them to drink water to keep their vocal folds hydrated; hydration is essential for a healthy voice.
  10. Reduce the amount of caffeine they consume – this includes chocolate and pop.
  11. Get them to rest their voice when they have a cold.
  12. Encourage them to cough gently or avoid coughing by sucking on a lozenge or a candy.
  13. Encourage them to swallow instead of clearing their voice.
  14. Avoid having them talk in dusty or smoky places.

I hope this article was helpful! If you have concerns about your child’s voice or your own voice, please contact a Speech-Language Pathologist. SpeechWorks offers Speech-Language Pathology services in Manitoba, in Ontario, on Prince Edward Island, in the Northwest Territories, in the Yukon and in Nunavut.

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