Before looking at the difference between voice coaching and speech therapy, we need to understand what voice is and what speech is.
Voice is basically the sound that is produced by voicebox. Basically, this is the noise on which the sound produced is modified to give the final speech. A voice is a sound production by humans and other vertebrates using the lungs, vocal cord, larynx, or syrinx. However, Voice disorder involves problems with pitch (sound’s highness or lowness), loudness (sound’s amplitude or detected volume), and quality (character or distinctive attributes of a sound). An example of the voice problem is Hoarseness (abnormal voice changes).
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In the second place, speech is the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words, created by muscle actions (i.e palate, tongue, lips, teeth. etc) or voice into specific, or decodable sounds. A child learns how to regulate muscles to produce speech during the speech development process.
Speech is the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words, created by muscle actions (i.e palate, tongue, lips, teeth. etc) or voice into specific, or decodable sounds. A child learns how to regulate muscles to produce speech during the speech development process.
A speech disorder would be stuttering (disruption in the flow of speech), or nasal-sounding words, or mumbling. In short, a voice is created prior to the speech.
In brief, voice coaching is the process of improving expertise over voice usage for any performance such as music, acting, public speaking, etc that depend on the ability to have the correct voice articulation, pitch, pace, etc. This therapy is provided by a medical speech-pathologist or voice coach. Speech coaching is primarily used to aid in the management of voice disorders, like ( abnormal pitch, loudness or quality of the sound ). Voice therapy can also work to teach vocal hygiene and other safe speech or singing practices. A voice coach or vocal coach attending sessions are:
- Vocal warm-up (vowel and consonant practice)
- Tongue twisters (exercise of jaw & facial muscles)
- Breathing and posture exercises
- Particular vocal exercises (including tone, pitch, clarity, variety, etc)
- And script reading.
In the same way, speech therapy can improve communication skills in kids with different kinds of speech difficulties as well as language issues like dyslexia, dyspraxia, and auditory processing disorder. A speech therapist also called as a speech pathologist, or speech-language pathologist (SLP). It will help kids learn or speak more clearly and confidently. An SLP can work with:
- Articulation problems (making errors in sound)
- Fluency problems
- Resonance or voice problems (trouble with voice pitch, volume)
- Oral feeding problems (difficulty with eating and swallowing)
- Receptive language problems (trouble understanding)
- Expressive language problems (trouble speaking)
- Pragmatic language problems (trouble using language in social settings).
Hence, depending on whether a given patient is having a speech or voice issue, that will determine what type of therapist will be most appropriate.