Common Voice Disorders In Children Several types of voice disorders commonly occur in children. These disorders are often overlooked in settings that provide voice and speech rehabilitation. It has been estimated that 6% to 9% of children have voice disorders and significantly fewer are on clinician’s caseloads (Andrews, 2002). A voice disorder is said ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Common Voice Disorders In Children
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  • Barbara Weinrich
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Miami University, Oxford, OH
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2002
Common Voice Disorders In Children
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 13-16. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.13
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 13-16. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.13
Several types of voice disorders commonly occur in children. These disorders are often overlooked in settings that provide voice and speech rehabilitation. It has been estimated that 6% to 9% of children have voice disorders and significantly fewer are on clinician’s caseloads (Andrews, 2002). A voice disorder is said to exist when quality, pitch, or loudness are significantly different from other individuals of the same age, gender, geographic region, and ethnic background (Coyle, Weinrich, & Stemple, 2001). The same voice disorders that affect the adult population can also be seen in children (Sataloff, 1998). Wilson (1987) summarized various studies that reported the incidence of voice disorders ranged from 1% to 23.4%. Coyle and colleagues (2001) reviewed records of 1,158 treatment-seeking patients with diagnosed voice disorders and found 3.5 % were ages 0 through 14 years. Voice disorders seen in the 0 to 14-year age group of this study included functional laryngeal pathologies (chronic hoarseness), vocal fold nodules, laryngitis, polyps, laryngomalacia, and stenosis. Other disorders commonly related to the pediatric population are chronic hoarseness, papilloma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and congenital laryngeal web.
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