Fending off vocal fatigue: Your strong, clear and effortless voice.

Your voice is your primary teaching tool. Usually it's in tip top shape, ready to grab out of your toolkit and put into action but occasionally it will feel tight, sore or fatigued. If that feeling persists or you are "hoarse" beyond two weeks in the absence of any illness, your voice needs a check up.  In this session you will learn about:

  1. How your voice works and how to take care of it.
  2. How you can produce a strong, clear and effortless voice.
  3. Strategies to support your voice throughout the day.
  4. Supports for teachers whose voices need extra assistance.
  5. Suggestions for voice when masks are used in the classroom.

A tired voice can result in a tired body at the end of the day. If you find yourself saying, "I gave at the office" when it's time for bedtime songs and stories, or you are avoiding weekend social outings to rest your voice for Monday, then you might benefit from this workshop. 

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

1. Something to sip.

2. Something juicy and mouth-watering to savour.

3. A straw of your choice with a glass that is either half-full of water or half-empty, depending on your disposition.  

4. Any questions you have about your voice, your classroom acoustics, that weird tickle or lump in your throat, etc. 



12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • Victoria Voice and Swallow Clinic
    Susan Edwards

    Susan Edwards, M.Sc., RSLP is the Director of the Victoria Voice and Swallow Clinic.

    Susan works with adults and adolescents who have voice, upper airway and cognitive communication challenges.  Susan provides flexible and rigid endoscopy with stroboscopy which allows for a clear view of vocal fold tissues, vibratory and closure patterns as part of a comprehensive voice assessment and biofeedback during treatment.

    Susan also works with clients and their networks of support to improve cognitive communication skills for life participation. She has presented at a variety of conferences on the topic of voice and facilitated communication groups with neurodivergent individuals.

    Recently, Susan joined the board of the Victoria Stroke Recovery Association as President, and is a past board member of Speech and Hearing BC. She enjoys local hiking, toasted sesame sauce, and listening to stories about relationships between all kinds of people, animals and the world in which we live.