Activities To Do at Home
- Avoid excessive loud or strained voice use such as screaming, yelling, shouting, loud crying, etc.
- Use a whistle, clap your hands, or move closer to the source you wish to gain attention to eliminate vocal misuse.
- Avoid yelling from room to room or over noise. Walk to the person you wish to speak to and avoid unnecessary vocal strain.
- Avoid speaking with noise in the background. Turn off competing noises such as TV’s, radios, stereos, video games, etc.
- Avoid vocal abuse by eliminating coughing and constant throat clearing. If needed, do so in a gentle manner and with ease.
- Maintain adequate hydration by drinking water.
- Avoid making loud noises such as animal sounds, character voices or sounds, car sounds or other toy making sounds.
- Avoid talking for long periods of time or just excessive talking. Remember the importance of being a good listener and taking turns in conversation.
- Avoid using a voice too high or low. Encourage talking with normal voice. Use a voice level that is comfortable and doesn’t cause stress or strain.
- Avoid talking too loudly. Use an appropriate voice quality in all situations.
- Avoid singing too much. Humming simple songs using a gentle hum without pushing is a good alternative.
- Avoid whispering when you have a cold. Vocal rest is helpful during this time.