The unnatural position of the speaking voice

Just as we are born with the ability to breath and to drink mother's milk, we are all granted the ability to use our voice freely and automatically. By the word automatically, I mean the natural coordination of breath and vocal cords. For small children, the voice is their basic tool for communication with the world and therefore they can use it in a considerable dynamic range . In the same way they discover the world, they also discover their body and voice. During the time they are not yet able to grasp an object, their voice will be the first toy with which they can experiment (different vocal expressions, humming, etc). During the child's speech development phase the ability to use the voice naturally may become rather impaired. In this period the children are entirely dependent on their surroundings and it is mainly the members of the family who will influence the direction of their children's vocal development.
Today's tendency is to use the voice at its lower range. These kinds of role models may represent a certain risk for children since their inborn ability to imitate can lead them to inadvertently copy these models. With their vocal cords working mainly in a chest register, they will lose their ability to work with the head register and form high pitched tones. Using the voice mainly in low vocal registers may lead to the loss of head resonance ( head resonance automatically makes the voice resonant and carrying) which subsequently leads to the tendency to push or strain the voice. With these growing tensions, the automatic coordination of the voice and breath will become impaired.

It is also not prosperous for children to have a role model that speaks in an unnaturally high position. If the adult - particularly the mother - is used to speaking in a position that differs from the natural position of her voice, it usually happens at the cost of forcing the voice. Children, of course, copy this bad habit and strain their vocal cords. This situation also leads to the inability to form higher tones and in some cases even vocal cord damage.