Vocal hygiene behaviours are things we can do to ensure we take care of our voice and vocal folds. Here are some tips for good vocal hygiene: Drink enough water Making sure you stay fully hydrated is important to keep your vocal cords functioning properly. Carry a drink bottle with you, and try to have small sips of water throughout the day. This is a better way for you to stay hydrated than to drink a lot of water all at once. -5-8 year olds should have about 1 litre or 5 gl
A cough is a sudden burst of air coming from your lungs up your nose or mouth. It causes your vocal folds to slam together, like when you clap your hands. If you are clearing your throat or coughing constantly, it can be very damaging to your vocal cords. Irritation of the throat or any tubes leading to the lungs can cause the triggering of a cough. A lot of people also cough ‘on purpose’ when they feel an irritation in the throat. It is important to note that coughing can ca
What exactly IS a stutter? It is the disruption in the fluency of verbal expression; the opposite of what would sound like smooth speech. These disruptions are characterized by uncontrollable repetitions or prolongations of parts of speech. The disruptions could be sounds, syllables, or words of one syllable, and can be silent, or you may be able to hear these disruptions. The frequency of these disruptions can vary, but they are usually very noticeable. Sometimes, these disr
Have you ever been a bit nervous to communicate with someone who has a disability? It can be a bit daunting sometimes, especially if you haven’t done so before. You might be concerned that you won’t be able to understand what they’re saying, or that you’ll come across as patronising. Here are some tips to try and ensure that both you and the person you’re speaking with are comfortable! 1. What do I do with my eyes? Whilst this sounds very simple, it’s super important. If you
Written by Suzie Garmeister of Branch and Vine Nutrition – Fd. Dip Nutrition & Holistic Health Feeling overwhelmed about how to feed your kids a healthy school lunch? Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash With 3 boys, 3.5 years apart, I have spent much ‘loving’ time in the kitchen ensuring they are not hindered in their development by what they eat. I have seen first hand the consequences that unhealthy food choices can have on behaviour and learning. What’s an unhealthy lunchbox?