Voice disorders in children are often characterized by hoarseness, too high or too low in pitch, too loud or too quiet in volume, and breathiness.Voice disorders are often caused by vocal abuse.Some examples of vocal abuse are extreme screaming, extreme yelling, and making loud vocal noises.Excessive coughing, excessive throat clearing may also have an adverse affect on the voice. The role of a speech-language pathologist is to identify and eliminate the abuse and to help the child to use his best voice.Parents can be of great support to the therapy process by implementing strategies at home to reduce the occurrence of abusive vocal behaviors.
Any child suspected of having a voice disorder, should be seen by a medical doctor, preferably, an otolaryngologist, before the initiation of therapy. A report from an otolaryngologist will provide the speech-language pathologist with information about the structure and function of the vocal mechanism.If there is evidence of structural or functional deviations, the child may not be a candidate for some of the therapeutic strategies used in voice therapy.
To learn more about voice disorders in children, visit the websites selected by your York County School Division Speech-Language Pathologist.
Websites of Interest
Voice Therapy for Children 1:Voice Strain & Vocal Nodules
Causes and Symptoms of Voice Disorders
Fact Sheet:About Your Voice