Pediatric Speech Therapy Services

Pediatric Voice Disorders

Voice disorders commonly manifest as difficulties with loudness, voice quality, or speech rate

If you notice your voice sounding raspy, strained, breathy, unusually low or high, or hoarse, it could be indicative of a voice disorder. The good news is that voice disorders can often be treated effectively through consistent speech therapy. However, it is prudent to consult an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist first to rule out any underlying structural problems before starting voice therapy.

What Does a Voice Disorder Sound Like?

Voice disorders can be characterized by various auditory qualities, such as:

  • Scratchy Voice
  • Breathiness
  • Strained Vocal Quality
  • Raspy Voice
  • Hoarse Voice
  • Weak Voice
  • Vocal Fatigue
  • Inappropriately High or Low Pitch
  • Garbled Speech
  • Squeaking Sound

If you are dissatisfied with your own voice, it may indicate the presence of a voice disorder. Speech-language pathologists can assist not only with voice disorders, but also work with transgender individuals to help them achieve their desired vocal characteristics.

What Causes Pediatric Voice Disorders?

Voice disorders occur due to various factors, including overusing your voice, short-term illnesses (i.e. cold, allergies, sinus infection, upper respiratory infection), structural issues, vocal fold paralysis, vocal cord paralysis, vocal abuse, and degenerative disorders.

What Does Treatment for Pediatric Voice Disorders Entail?

Voice treatment for pediatric voice disorders is very dependent upon the cause of the disorder. Treatment may include a pediatric voice disorders evaluation, implementing a vocal hygiene regimen, vocal rest, vocal exercises, breath support, or other voice therapy techniques.

What Is Vocal Hygiene?

Vocal hygiene encompasses a range of beneficial practices aimed at preserving the well-being and optimal functioning of your vocal folds. Several examples of these healthy habits include:

  • Minimizing exposure to irritants
  • Maintaining adequate hydration
  • Avoiding excessive yelling or whispering
  • Limiting throat clearing

By adhering to a good hygiene routine, you can improve and maintain healthy production in your child’s voice.

Clinicians Providing These Services:
Megan Crisler Megan Zecher