Finding Your Voice– Songs for Kids with Tracheostomy
Choose from a USB or download, which contains 15 songs plus 3 instrumental tracks that focus on helping children achieve vocalization through imitation and verbal turn-taking. Also included are free printable illustrations and a printable manual of activities and instructions for each song!
Finding Your Voice- Songs for Kids with Trachs provides a fun and less stressful approach to learning to speak with a tracheostomy. The songs can be used during speech therapy or by parents/careproviders to allow for the child to explore using their upper airway in a fun and enjoyable way.
Research has shown that participating in music activates multiple centers of the brain. Music has a positive effect on imitation, vocabulary development interaction skills, phonemic awareness and may reduce anxiety for those on mechanical ventilation. Children LOVE music. It can also provide a distraction to the child during a time of frustration in order to increase speaking valve use.
Finding Your Voice-Songs for Kids with Trachs was developed by a speech-language pathologist, with songs chosen to specifically address the needs of kids with trachs. Many of the songs target difficulty that is common for kids with tracheostomy including improving airflow, improving breath support, vowel production, stops, and nasals. Each child is different and any speech deficits should be assessed and treated according to individual needs.
Songs included in Finding Your Voice- Songs for Kids with Trachs:
1. Animals – Animal sounds
2. Monkey Song – Vowels
3. On the Farm – Animal sounds
4. Vowels – Vowel combinations
5. Howls and Hoots – Vowels and consonant-vowels (CV)
6. Ha Ha Ha – CV structures and laughing
7. The New BMW – CV structures
8. Tongue Tip Time – CV structures
9. Let’s Eat – Single words
10. Baby Blowing Bubbles – Words and phrases
11. Hi – Two-word phrases
12. Puppy, Puppy, Puppy – Action words
13. Bye – Two-word phrases
14. I See a Bug – Phrases with color names
15. What’s That? – Naming and phrases
You can use the Animal Face Cut Outs with the songs to practice imitation. Tracheostomy Tube with Speaking Valve Add ons can be used to teach kids about their trach and speaking valve.
My daughter loves these songs! The manual has some fun activities to do with the songs. It distracted my daughter to wear her speaking valve longer and get out some sounds!