Voice disorders can include abnormal pitch, loudness and/or vocal quality, e.g. roughness, strain, frequent loss of voice.
The reported incidence of voice disorders in school-aged children varies study by study: from 2% to 23% of students!
Vocal nodules – benign growths that form on the vocal folds caused by voice abuse – are particularly common for students.
Untreated, voice disorders symptoms can persist for years.
Many children with voice disorders (predominantly hoarseness) are aware of, and able to express concerns about their voices.
Parents don’t always have the same views of their children when it comes to voice difficulties.
Children tend to complain more about physical symptoms (e.g. sore throats), whilst parents comment more on the emotional and social effects.
On average, students view children with voice disorders more negatively and as more aggressive than peers without voice disorders.
A variety of voice therapy techniques can be useful in improving the voice quality of children with voice disorders, including yawn-sigh and resonant voice techniques.
- Ongkasuwan, J., & Friedman, E. M. (2013). Is voice therapy effective in the management of vocal fold nodules in children? The Laryngoscope, 123(12), 2930-2931.
- Şenkal, Ö. A., & Özer, C. (2015). Hoarseness in School-Aged Children and Effectiveness of Voice Therapy in International Classification of Functioning Framework. Journal of Voice, 29(5), 618-623.
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Hi there, I’m David Kinnane.
Principal Speech Pathologist, Banter Speech & Language
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