The purpose of voice therapy is to teach your child a new way to produce voice. For this skill to improve, the child should practice the voice exercises daily. Family members should also look at their own voice use. Changing your own voice and reinforcing positive voice behaviors will serve as a good model for your child.
Demonstrate good vocal use. This is important for all family members. If the adults in the family yell, so will the children.
- Do not yell to communicate. Walk to your listener, then talk.
- Turn down the TV or radio when you talk. Keep the radio turned down in the car when you talk.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid soft drinks or coffee. Urine color should be clear or the color of lemonade. Yellow urine indicates poor hydration.
- Encourage “voice naps.” For example, play a game without any words. This helps your child give his or her voice a rest.
- Reward your child when they use the “better” voice, or practice good vocal health. Telling your child about their good voice habits is much more effective than complaining about poor voice habits.