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Breathing and voice are two processes that are closely related, to the point that speaking correctly depends largely on knowing how to breathe well. It is very important that childrenlearn to breathe well so that they have a healthy phonation from a young age and avoid the appearance of discomfort related to language and the respiratory system.
Somespeech disorders that affect both children and adults, for example aphonia or some vocal cord injuries, are caused by poor breathing technique. Also diseases such as angina, pharyngitis or laryngitis appear as a result of this problem.
The process of communicate through voice in children it is identical to that of adults, although at puberty the tone worsens due to changes in the structures that produce sound, more noticeable in men.
To produce the voice, it is essential that the air enters the lungs through breathing and that when exiting it makes the vocal cords vibrate, essential for speaking correctly.
When the child breathes incorrectly, he introduces less air and this will reduce his voice power and his ability to lengthen sounds, since his respiratory rate is decreased.
In addition, the air that enters the child's lungs carries oxygen. If the contribution of this gas is low, its concentration in the blood also drops, which can decrease your psychomotor abilities.
It is also very common for children to breathe in through the mouth instead of through the nose. This process prevents the heating of the air and the antipathogenic action that takes place in the nostrils. Therefore, bad breath can cause respiratory diseases that affect speech.
Although breathing is an involuntary process, it is necessary to learn to do it well, and it is much easier if it is done as a child. The technique recommended by experts is called diaphragmatic breathing, which allows filling the lungs from below thanks to the action of the diaphragm. This will increase your ability to produce your voice and your oxygen supply.
To teach this technique to your child, you must explain the importance of introducing air through the nose and to expel it through the mouth. Place your hand on your abdomen, just where the sternum ends, so you can feel how it rises when you introduce the air.
Practice diaphragmatic breathing with your child several times a day, so that they get used to involuntarily breathing well, abandoning bad habits that can lead to speech disorders.
Patricia garcia. Editor of our site
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