Pediatric Voice Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment
Voice disorders can adversely affect communicative effectiveness, social development, scholastic performance, and self-esteem. Evaluation and treatment of pediatric voice disorders requires a multidisciplinary team approach, which includes a pediatric otolaryngologist and a speech-language pathologist. This program focuses on assessment of voice disorders in children ages 4–12, including laryngeal visualization and acoustic/ aerodynamic measures, as well as behavioral management in the form of voice therapy.
You will be able to:
- describe procedures for evaluation of voice disorders in children
- describe the drawbacks of a pediatric voice therapy approach based solely on vocal hygiene, and the benefits of focusing on vocal technique for treatment of dysphonia
- implement a variety of techniques in voice therapy with pediatric populations
- modify voice therapy techniques to encourage skill acquisition, motivation, and compliance
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