Category: Voice

My voice shakes: what can I do about it?

For me, it happened most memorably during my first ever court appearance as a lawyer. It was a simple procedural mention in a mid-level court in central Sydney. I’d had two coffees, four hours sleep, memorised my lines like a...

/ 17 May 2016

“Stop talking through your nose!” What to do if you can’t help it

Often, Australians get mocked for talking through their noses.  But, jokes aside, too much nasal resonance – “hypernasality” – is a real problem for some, regardless of nationality. Why? Hypernasality causes muffled speech.  It can affect articulation, stress and intonation, and breathing during speech....

/ 15 December 2015

People with Parkinson’s in Sydney: grab those dancing shoes and get moving!

When working with people with Parkinson’s Disease, “use it or lose it” is my mantra.  As an LSVT LOUD-certified speech pathologist, I’m passionate about helping people with Parkinson’s overcome their voice and speech problems – especially the very common problem of...

/ 2 February 2015

33 of our best free articles to get you up to speed on child speech, language, voice and reading delays, and stuttering

We’ve published heaps of free information about child communication delays and problems.  But who can be bothered trawling through a website? So 1990s. Here are direct, free links to 33 of our most popular information sheets and articles.  All in one convenient place. If...

/ 6 August 2014

Voice therapy for kids who like to talk and talk. When “vocal rest” isn’t an option

Isn’t it great when voice professionals (including Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists (ENTs) and speech pathologists) give parents really helpful suggestions like “Tell Jimmy not to yell so much”, or “I know Bella loves to talk and sing all day...

/ 24 July 2014

Indirect voice therapy: 10 practical things you can do to help your child achieve and keep a healthy voice

Seeing your child suffer because of a voice disorder is awful.  But, for many common voice problems, you can help: 1. Dial it down: when chatting, turn down the car radio, television and/or the Minecraft (or, better yet, turn them...

/ 24 July 2014

My child has a voice problem. So what?

Perhaps your daughter’s voice is a bit rough and low, somewhere between Adele and Patty and Selma from the Simpsons.  Maybe your son speaks in a breathy, strained and quiet half-whisper, like a Haley Joel Osment Sixth Sense impersonator.  Or perhaps, on school days, your...

/ 23 July 2014

Child voice therapy – an introduction

Like a collection of secrets scrawled in a forgotten tongue upon tattered scrolls stashed within a locked treasure chest deep undersea in a corner of the Bermuda Triangle.  To parents, voice therapy for children can seem mysterious. Why? 1. You...

/ 23 July 2014

Welcome to the Jungle. Who’s got vocal range?

So here’s one for the shower chanteuse or car crooner in all of us: Of the most popular singers of the last 50 years or so, who has the greatest vocal range? The answer is here. Surprised? No doubt, this list will...

/ 30 May 2014

Parkinson’s Disease Update: Banter now certified to provide LSVT LOUD™!

Friday was World Parkinson’s Day.  And what better way to spend it than sitting an accreditation exam for LSVT LOUD™! As we explain here, LSVT LOUD™ is an evidence-based voice treatment for people with Parkinson’s Disease based on principles of motor...

/ 14 April 2014