Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Voice Disorders Freebie- One Month To A Healthier Voice Calendar

Hello! The month of May is fast approaching and May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  It is a special month that has been designated to help increase the awareness about Shanda and I's chosen profession that we love so very much- Speech Language Pathology! Better Hearing & Speech Month has inspired us to share this voice freebie with everyone we know, and especially the teachers who use their voices a tremendous amount during their working days!  Did you know that speech- language pathologists help to diagnose and treat voice disorders?  

What is a Voice Disorder?

A voice disorder can be defined as a problem involving abnormal pitch, loudness or quality of the sound produced by the larynx, more commonly known as the voice box (ASHA PDF 1). A person may have a voice disorder or dysphonia (medical term) if the change in the voice has occurred for at least two weeks and in those two weeks the person wasn't experiencing an illness.

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What we would like to do, is provide you with a link to a voice document that we have put together to help increase a persons knowledge of  voice disorders and how to help prevent and manage them.  This handout may be a great one to hand out to our teacher friends during May.  They use their voices a lot and the calendar offers some friendly reminders on how to keep their voices healthy. 

Please click on any of the descriptive pictures below to pick up this voice freebie over at Teachers Pay Teachers and feel free to share this with your own clients (as it can be adapted to be used with a wide audience from children to adults who are struggling with problems with their own voices) and the teachers that you know that may benefit from the information provided.  

Best wishes for a happy May and Better Hearing & Speech Month!
This document includes a newly revised 30 day calendar that you can use to track the days to a better voice in just one month! 
We have also described some voice disorders influenced by vocal overuse and included some pictures of them. 
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And please look over this slide provided by ASHA -American Speech-Language & Hearing Association.  It has been provided to teach the public about communication disorders.  We hope you find it informative!  
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