Vocal Health and Wellness: Beyond Masks

How is your voice doing mid-way through the year? Are you ready to break up with your mask? Research keeps confirming that paper masks are still best for transmitting speech sounds for literacy development and reducing your vocal effort! Teachers, your vocal folds are vibrating back and forth, back and forth for 3-7 km during the day over a surface approximately the size of a dime. It seems important to be tuned up, moving efficiently, and with the wind at your backs.

This workshop will describe how the vocal system works and how it is affected by physical, emotional and environmental stressors. The majority of our time will be spent discussing strategies for overcoming these stressors and exercises to use your voice most effectively and efficiently. You will learn:

1. Healthy habits to nourish your body and your voice,

2. The importance of using amplification systems to support your voice,

3. Exercises to stretch and strengthen your voice,

4. Breathing to calm your body and support your voice,

5. Resources to seek out when your voice problem lasts more than two weeks.

6. Resources available to you if your voice is just the tip of the health and wellness iceberg.

If your voice just wants to curl up with a hot cup of tea at the end of the day, join us for information, exercises and discussion about how to care for your voice and the person it inhabits.

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

I will be demonstrating some exercises during the workshop. One of them involves a straw and a half-full glass or bottle of water so have that handy.  It's also a good idea to have water to sip and juicy, mouth-watering fruits and vegetables to snack on throughout the day to stimulate saliva production. Your vocal system prefers to be hydrated and lubricated. 

Questions are welcome and encouraged. Email them ahead of time to flowspeech@gmail.com or write them in the chat on the day. The handout will be available on or before the day of the workshop. Check out the resources that are up on the site already.



12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

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  • Flow Speech Voice Communication
    Susan Edwards

    Susan Edwards, M.Sc., RSLP is the Director of Flow Speech, Voice and Communication and has worked in schools, hospitals and private practice in the community for more than 30 years.

    Susan works with adults and adolescents who have communication challenges related to voice, laryngeal airway, stroke, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s Disease. In her leisure time, Susan enjoys beach and hill walking with friends and family, reading, mosaic art and singing for the fun of it.


    Flow has opened a new clinic offering comprehensive assessments of the voice and swallowing function through Rigid and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Voice and Swallowing (FEEVS). Best practice recommends that people experiencing voice or laryngeal breathing problems for more than two weeks unrelated to an illness seek care from an Ears, Nose, and Throat Physician (ENT/Otolaryngologist) or FEEVS certified Speech-Language Pathologist.