Treatment of Voice Disorders in Pediatric Patients Issues surrounding the efficacy of vocal hygiene programs as means of treatment for voice disorders in children remain largely unsettled. Some sources advocate hygiene-based approaches as the “foundation for voice treatment” based on the assumption that hygiene programs allow the child to develop awareness of the disorder, as well ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Treatment of Voice Disorders in Pediatric Patients
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  • Erin Pearson
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Florida, Gainesville
    PhD Student
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2002
Treatment of Voice Disorders in Pediatric Patients
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 22-23. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.22
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 22-23. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.22
Issues surrounding the efficacy of vocal hygiene programs as means of treatment for voice disorders in children remain largely unsettled. Some sources advocate hygiene-based approaches as the “foundation for voice treatment” based on the assumption that hygiene programs allow the child to develop awareness of the disorder, as well as adequate self-monitoring skills (Hersan & Behlau, 2000; Maddern & Campbell, 1991). However, these assertions remain largely unsupported by research which, though sparse, suggests that vocal hygiene approaches to voice therapy are largely unsuccessful with children, presumably as a result of noncompliance (Hirschberg et al., 1995; Mori, 1999). As with any therapeutic approach, the decision to implement or not implement vocal hygiene training, either in isolation or combination with other approaches, resides with the voice pathologist and should take into account the extent and nature of the voice disorder, as well as the maturity and motivation of the patient. Below are a list of selected resources that can be used to assist the therapist in the selection of treatment material.
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