Change of voice?

Have you experienced a change of voice recently? There are lots of voice related issues that we hear on a daily basis. That is because most of us do not know about voice disorders/voice change and vocal hygiene.

Voice disorders are characterized by changes in pitch, loudness or quality of the sound. Professional voice users are highly prone to voice disorders. The above can mostly affect teachers, bus conductors, politicians, lawyers, actors,singers, vendors ,etc who use their voice excessively for their professions. They and mostly children who use their voices in high pitches and males who have puberphonia (males who have a different pitch than the usual) are prone to have voice disorders.

Examples of voice disorders include:

  • Laryngitis
  • Vocal cord paresis or paralysis
  • Spasmodic dysphonia

The most common symptoms of voice disorders/voice changes are,

  • Reduction of loudness in voice
  • Harshness of voice
  • No Voice
  • Frequent throat clearing
  • Coughing
  • Tension in the neck muscles
  • Change of voice
  • Be too high or low or change in pitch
  • Sound strained or choppy

You may have tension or pain in your throat while speaking, or feel like your voice box is tired. You may feel a “lump” in your throat when swallowing, or feel pain when you touch the outside of your throat.

Tips to avoid change of voice,

  • Use your normal loudness ,pitch of your voice
  • Avoid speaking in noisy situations or use amplifying devices while speaking
  • Drink more water
  • Stay in a dust free environment
  • Reduce alcohol intake

If you are suffering with any voice disorders/voice changes like the above, meet our speech pathologist. It is time you get an initial assessment done and obtain your therapy plan without any delay. Moreover, many individuals suffering from the above have been cured with extensive speech therapy. Therefore, do not let it harm your vocal cords, there are professional speech therapists who are ready to help you.

The human voice is the most perfect instrument of all.


Autism is unique

I am writing this just to say, how each child with autism spectrum disorder who are in the same age group is different from one another before they start a speech therapy session.

Characteristics of autism is different and its unique. Because of that, parents will ignore some of the behaviors of the Autism Spectrum Disorder which their child shows. So keep in mind that children with autism are unique.

The plot

There were 4 children who were diagnosed as autistic and these are few characteristics which they showed during that time and all were in a room with few toys.

Here comes the first. He keeps running around the room. Then he explains each and everything around him and he associates it to his day to day life.
He saw a picture of a cake, he start saying “Let’s make a cake” he again say “I’ll eat cake” then he utter the word “Chocolate”.

All these he told without any help, it was totally independent. He talk to himself and he try to associate things around what he saw, in that case it was a “cake”.

Then he grabs a toy and shows it to others and ask “play play” and asking other kids to join. At times he calls by name of a kid also. He also read some words from a book.

While he was doing all these activities the other girl was sitting next to her father and reading a newspaper. She was not concentrating about other kids who was talking or anything that was happening around her.

The third kid watching all these silently didn’t utter a word but he was smiling with everyone and making faces with me. After 10-15 min he spoke few words with me very softly. As I understood he wanted to play with other kids and but he didn’t want to ask. So he mainly lacks communication skills & social interaction.

Last child grabs a toy and he starts playing with it on the floor. He keeps doing this action again and again without any interaction with children around him.

Take home message; each child have different phases. As parents, speech therapists or any other professional, we need to understand it and help them to grow.

I am sure that you will have another story to tell us, so share your experience about your super kid and let others understand about it.

Keep in mind that children who falls on autism spectrum disorder are unique and we need to address their issue in unique way.