A Play Approach to Voice Therapy With the Preschool Child Voice models have a great influ-ence on early vocal behavior (Andrews, 1991). When young boys attempt to imitate male role models, they may employ the use of an excessively lowered fundamental frequency. This may occur in the absence of vocal fold pathology, with ventricular phonation, or in children with ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
A Play Approach to Voice Therapy With the Preschool Child
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  • Judith Wingate
    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
A Play Approach to Voice Therapy With the Preschool Child
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 25-26. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.25
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 25-26. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.25
Voice models have a great influ-ence on early vocal behavior (Andrews, 1991). When young boys attempt to imitate male role models, they may employ the use of an excessively lowered fundamental frequency. This may occur in the absence of vocal fold pathology, with ventricular phonation, or in children with chronic allergies, infection, or asthma (Andrews, 1991). The lowered pitch is easily recognized by parents and educators and may be the precipitating factor in seeking ENT evaluation and subsequent voice therapy. Over the last 5 years, the author has seen several cases of this behavior in preschool and kindergarten children. This article will describe the approach used in therapy for these children.
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