Your child’s voice helps them communicate effectively. Help them take care of it!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Teach them to get people’s attention by approaching them and tapping them.
- Teach them to avoid talking a lot for extended periods of time.
- Make sure they eat well and get enough rest and sleep.
- Ensure that they eat at least an hour before bedtime.
- Make sure their posture is good and that they breathe well.
- Get them to drink water to keep their vocal folds hydrated; hydration is essential for a healthy voice.
- Reduce the amount of caffeine they consume – this includes chocolate and pop.
- Get them to rest their voice when they have a cold.
- Encourage them to cough gently or avoid coughing by sucking on a lozenge or a candy.
- Encourage them to swallow instead of clearing their voice.
- 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.