BUT BEWARE .... Shouting and cheering can cause stress to the voice and is generally referred to as "vocal abuse".
Children too can suffer from vocal abuse and strain. Here are our top tips for keeping your child's voice healthy.
Shouting & screaming - shouting causes the vocal folds to bang together and can cause irritation. Over time this can lead to soreness and even nodules ( a benign ie; noncancerous, growth). Also, avoid talking over background noise as this can cause strain to the voice.
Throat clearing & coughing - this causes the vocal folds to crash together and the rush of air can cause the protective mucus covering the vocal cords to dry ... making them more prone to irritation.
Impersonations & 'silly voices' - over use of altering the voice and it's pitch to 'play' a character can be damaging ... particularly if copying a character such as a robot or alien!
Whispering - this is more damaging to the voice than speaking with a soft husky voice. Whispering puts the vocal cords under a lot of stress.
Drinking plenty of water - the vocal cords are covered in a mucus which lubricates them. If this becomes too dry, its ability to protect the cords is reduced.
Less shouting/raised voices -for example encourage your child to come downstairs to speak to you rather than shouting or to attract attention in the playground by other ways such as waving/clapping.
Slowing down & good posture - this will help develop better breath control and therefore less risk of vocal strain.
If your child has a cough, encourage him to take plenty of sips of water throughout the day to prevent the vocal folds from becoming dry. Also try to encourage voice rest during quiet times, such as TV or reading.
If you have any long term concerns over your child's voice, it's important to contact your local speech & language therapist for further advice.