A teacher’s most important tools are their voice and healthy communication.

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Education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.’ (Rudolf Steiner).

The tool of the teacher is the voice. The voice can inspire and enliven, facilitating an engaging learning experience for students of all ages.

However the voice should not be taken for granted – numerous studies have identified certain vocations, including teachers, as being at higher risk of occupational voice disorders. A study of teachers in South Australia showed 16% of teachers reporting voice problems on the day of the survey, with 20% reporting problems during the current year, with females twice as likely to report problems than males (1998, Russell et al…).