Voice Therapy & eLuma
What are Voice Disorders?
Voice disorders cause abnormal vocal tone, quality, resonance, or loudness. Abnormalities in the voice have a variety of causes and can be categorized as organic or functional disorders.
Organic voice disorders are physiologically-based and can be structural or neurogenic.
Structural voice disorders result from physical differences in the vocal structures.
Neurogenic voice disorders are caused by issues with the nervous system’s control of the vocal structures.
Functional voice disorders are the result of inefficient or improper use of the voice.
A voice disorder can negatively affect a student’s ability to communicate effectively. It can also impact the child’s self-esteem, academic performance, and social development. Vocal fold nodules are among the most common forms of voice disorder seen in children. These inflammatory growths causes changes in vocal fold closure and vibration. Children with vocal fold nodules often present with a breathy, hoarse, or harsh vocal quality.
Treating Voice Disorders
- Melton, Sarah D. and Theis, Shannon M. “Pediatric Voice Therapy: Why, What and How.” Pediatric Voice Clinic/Otolaryngology, American Family Children’s Hospital, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School.
- American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Voice Disorders. https://www.asha.org/PRPSpecificTopic.aspx?folderid=8589942600§ion=Treatment
- American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps. https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Vocal-Cord-Nodules-and-Polyps/
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