Full Care to Your Voice

To prevent straining your voice, you need to take care of your voice Before-During-After:

Before: Don’t drink coffee, tea and milk. Coffee & tea takes the moisture off your body, which will also dry off your vocal folds (cords). Milk creates phlegm. Drink warm water.

During: Learn the correct way of breathing, i.e. to breathe with the support of your diaphragm, and power up your voice through resonance. In this way, you can talk as long as you want!

After: If you have lost your voice, do not talk, especially whisper (it adds more pressure on your vocal folds). Drink more water. Take a steam bath if possible. Or breathe in the vapour from a cup of hot water. It’ll help relieve the immediate surface wear-and-tear on the edges of your vocal folds.

The most important effective way to even prevent vocal strain from happening is to learn the correct way of projecting your voice. Most people use their throat too much, which creates pressure on their vocal folds (cords) and may lead to permanent damage if it continues. To project your voice, you need deep breathing to support your projection, i.e. to breathe


Scoliosis is a lateral (meaning sideways) curve in the spine. So, instead of the spine forming a perfectly straight vertical column, there is a deviation to either side, often forming a ‘C’ shape or an ‘S’ shape (a double curvature). The degree of this curvature can vary considerably, with mild cases being barely visible and severe cases causing significant deformation. Although a double curvature sounds more severe, it can appear less obvious as one curve is counteracted by the other.

In the vast majority of scoliosis there are no other medical conditions and no distinct cause of the condition. This is known as idiopathic scoliosis and can occur in early life or may not develop until later on. 3-4 in every 1000 children in the UK are diagnosed with scoliosis. However, of these, only 10% require treatment, as in most cases the curvature corrects itself as the child grows. Other forms of scoliosis include:

  • Syndromic scoliosis – where the curvature occurs as part of a recognised condition (e.g. Marfan’s syndrome, Rett’s syndrome or Beale’s syndome).
  • Degenerative scoliosis – occurs in adults due to degeneration (wearing down) of the spinal vertebrae (bones) and discs.
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis – occurs as

Hydrotherapy Advice

Hydrotherapy is a brilliant method of treatment for those with injuries. It helps to relieve stress on the joints by decreasing joint compression forces (as there is less gravitational force doing exercises in water opposed to doing them on land). In addition to this, it helps to reduce any swelling around the injured area. It also means that any early range of movement exercises can be carried out in a supportive environment and is therefore fantastic for injuries that have affected someone’s ability to walk. Hydrotherapy helps to improve range of motion and flexibility, and the benefits can really be felt. In addition, hydrotherapy allows exercise to be undertaken without pain and has even been found to decrease pain and muscle spasm after rehabilitation sessions. It has also been found to improve balance, co-ordination and proprioception, all of which are aspects that are integral to avoiding re-injury. Through the use of hydrotherapy, patients can go back to doing land-based activities sooner, so it really does bridge the stage of being able to do very little to doing so much more.

The main benefit of hydrotherapy from my own personal practice of this method is the psychological impact

Implement Speech Therapy During The Summer Months

Play In The Sand

Nothing illustrates summertime better than sand, whether it is at the beach or in a sandbox in the backyard. While children are playing with their sand toys, take the opportunity to turn it into an activity that will help with their language skills. Bury some small toys in the sand for the children to find. As they pull them out of the sand, have them say the word for the object before they place it in their sand buckets. If this game is done at the beach, be sure to do this activity in a small area, and do not bury the objects too deep, or it could become frustrating for the children.

Road Trip Games

If the family is taking a summer road trip, think of some different language games that can be played on the way. Games using word and letter sounds, like the “license plate game” or the “ABC game,” can be both fun and educational. Have the child name objects that he or she sees that make the “k” sound, for instance. Include the entire family in this game, as it can be really fun and challenging.

How Do Orthotics Work

Orthotics were developed in order to help solve this problem. Orthotics are specially shaped insoles that are placed into your shoes, redirecting the manner in which you place stress on your feet. These insoles are designed to realign your feet and spine in an ideal shape so that every part of your body weight is distributed equally. Not all orthotics are created the same; different shapes of orthotics exist to treat different types of skeletal imperfections.

After you buy orthotics online, you simply insert the insoles into the shoes that you wear the most. For instance, if your job requires you to be on your feet all day, then you might place the insoles in your work shoes. Athletes oftentimes wear their insoles in their workout shoes, and some people even purchase multiple pairs of insoles so that their posture is always in its ideal position.

Orthotics are able to correct a number of different spine-related issues. For example, many different stress injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and shin splints, are caused by incorrect distribution of body weight and unequal muscle exertion. Orthotics are able to resolve these injuries by forcing the feet to land in

Autism Affects Communication in Children

Communication development happens more slowly and differently for children suffering from autism spectrum disorder. Sensory challenges connected to the disorder often make autistic children seem more interested in the environmental sounds. These include whirring of the ceiling fan or vacuum cleaner. They find these sounds more recognizable than that of people talking. In fact, autistic children often seem not to hear what people say.

While none exactly knows the reason, children with autism don’t naturally imitate parents like other children. And that’s why they require the best communication apps for children. They either don’t imitate all or imitate whole sentences (known as echoes) without understanding the meaning of the words. The first words are often delayed among children not using echoes. The words are sometimes unusual (like the letters of an alphabet), and are mostly delayed.

Children with Asperger’s syndrome often use long sentence to communicate. They may have an extensive vocabulary. But regarding social communication, much more is needed than words. Facial expressions, body language, eye gaze, tone of the voice, and other nonverbal cues, often tells us more about what common people feel and think about the words they use. Children, to become successful

Magic of Storytelling

  1. Props ~ use of props, such as photos, train tickets, icecream wrappers, pebbles, leaves and so on help to anchor recall. You can look at them, feel them, smell them, stick them in a scrapbook and use them as sensory reminders of where you were and what happened.
  2. Focus ~ try and make a mental note of things that your child finds the most interesting on any trip, rather than what you as parents find most interesting. For example, if the train is the most interesting part of a trip for your son, notice anything that he says about the train e.g. “it’s noisy!” When you are recounting the experience together, you can look at the photo you have taken of the train and say “Oh look. We went on that train. Do you remember how noisy it was?”┬áThese might sound like little things, but if you do them regularly, making them part of everyday experience, they will support a child’s narrative development. Remember that you may well be doing more of the telling than your child. Remember to balance comments with questions too: it is best to use more comments and less questions. When you do

Vitamin B6 in the Treatment of Autism

Research on vitamin B6 to treat children with autism began in the 1960s. British neurologists AF Heeley and GE Roberts, in their research, claimed that abnormal metabolites were detected in the urine of 11 of the 19 autistic children observed, after a tryptophan load test. A single 30mg vitamin B6 tablet normalized their urine. No behavioral studies, however, was conducted. Then, in 1968, German investigator VE Bonisch reported that 12 out of 16 autistic children studied, showed considerable improved behavior when administered a high dose of (100-600mg) vitamin B6. Three of his patients, in the open clinical trial, spoke for the first time after the medicine was given.

Latest clinical trials have revealed that 30-40% of autistic children showed significant improvement when vitamin B6 was administered to them. Some minor side effects, like sound sensitivity, irritability, and bed-wetting, cropped up. But they were quickly alleviated by administering additional magnesium.

Over the decades, children have shown a wide range of benefits from vitamin B6. These include, improved eye contact, more interest in the world around them, better speech, and fewer tantrums. They showed better overall improvement, though they weren’t completely cured of the ailment. Recent studies by

Achilles Pain

Generally Achilles pain can be divided into sudden or gradual onset pain. Sudden pain is usually the result of a tear or rupture of the tendon. Whilst this is not rare, gradual onset pain is more frequent. Pain which develops slowly and gradually gets worse is most often caused by a group of injuries, known as tendinopathies. These are degenerative conditions of the tendon or the surrounding paratenon, also often known as tendonitis, although this suggests the presence of inflammatory cells which biopsies have not demonstrated.

Other causes of gradual onset pain could be Achilles bursitis or severs disease, although these are less frequent.

Achilles tendonitis can occur in either the mid-portion of the tendon, or at the insertion or attachment point to the heel bone. In mid-portion tendonitis the pain is located approximately 2inches above the heel bone. In insertional cases, it is at the attachment point. Other symptoms include:

  • Stiffness in the tendon, especially after periods of rest.
  • The tendon may appear thicker and red compared to the other side.
  • It is tender to touch the tendon.
  • Pain tends to ease as the tendon warms-up and then hurts more after exercise.
  • You may feel small lumps in

Relieving Stress With Aromatherapy

Some individuals wear a pendant that allows them to carry their essential oil blends. Massage the oil into places such as the neck or temples where stress can often accrue. Another way to dispense stress-relieving aromas is to find a small essential oil dispenser and place in one’s workplace.

A floral water spray mist scented with a person’s individual needs is another helpful way to administer an aromatherapy treatment. The mist adds moisture to the air and a spritz on the face is a great natural way for a needed pick me up.

Essential oils to help relieve physical stress, for example from manual labor, housework or gardening are:

  • Clary-sage
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

For stress resulting from one’s surroundings such as bright lights or loud noises, try one of these:

  • Basil
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Coriander
  • Geranium

Essential oils that helpful alleviate mental stress, this can be from our work environment or daily living are:

  • Basil
  • Cardamom
  • Grapefruit
  • Geranium
  • Sandalwood

For those times to relieve physical stress as a consequence of overeating, too much junk food and