It's time to go back to school, and as a teacher, your voice is vital!
Take a moment to think about how often you use your voice everyday...
now how would it change your day if you developed a voice disorder?
It's not often that we think about our voice, and if we do it is usually because our voice is gone. For many people, something like laryngitis wouldn't be a long term issue. They may take a few days off work, have a sore throat, rest, and when it's passed their voice will return to normal. However, for some professionals, like teachers, the voice is a key tool in ensuring an effective job performance. A teacher is constantly using their voice, and although many teachers experience some voice changes in their profession they don't seek treatment or changes. The longer a voice problem goes untreated, the worse the problem will become.
Most voice problems are (or should be) preventable. Having good vocal hygiene can reduce the risk of developing voice problems.
So let's self evaluate for a minute. Think about whether or not you commit any of the following vocal abuses:
To be honest...we're all guilty of one or more of those vocal abuses! Teachers especially, are the number 1 offenders of vocal abuse because they use they're using their voice all day with little or no rest.
So...how can we reduce our vocal abuse in the classroom?
Here's some ideas:
Put these 10 tips into practice this school year and see if it makes a difference in your quality of voice!
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Liz Molina M.S. CCC-SLP