Voice disorders can be caused
by many factors, including:
Children who have a voice
disorder may present with any of the following:
Anyone who experiences vocal
change or hoarseness for more than two weeks should be examined by a doctor,
preferably an otolaryngologist, who is a doctor or surgeon specializing in
diseases of the ears, nose, throat, and head and neck.
Following an examination, the
otolaryngologist may refer the child to a speech-language pathologist (speech
therapist). The therapist will evaluate the pitch, loudness, and quality of the
child’s voice, and assess vocal techniques, such as breathing and style of
voicing. A voice recording often is made, and trial therapy techniques may be
used to test their effectiveness at improving the voice.
speech therapy, our clinicians will use specialized techniques, structured play
activities and games to address your child’s individual vocal and communication
needs. We will teach the principles of excellent voice care and help your child
learn how to produce an easier, healthier and stronger voice. Our goal is to help your child find a
voice that works better at home, in the classroom, and out in the community.
The outlook for every child is
different depending on a variety of factors. The severity of the disorder, the
cause of the disorder, the child’s age when treatment begins, individual
response to treatment, and the support of parents and teachers all make a
Voice disorders can be tricky
because they are often the result of faulty habits. Success in voice therapy is
therefore directly affected by improved voice patterns, which must be used
habitually in all situations to be effective. Family support and willingness to
assist in modifying behaviors and in motivating the child are crucial for
improved voice practices.
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Sara Rohde, OTR/L, manager, Courage Kenny Kids
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