Special Considerations When Working With the Pediatric Vocal Performer Providing care to a performer with vocal injury requires an understanding of the physiology of the singing voice and appreciation for the complexities of the life of a performer. However, when the performer who presents to the clinic is a child or teenager, there are additional challenges, and providing appropriate ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2013
Special Considerations When Working With the Pediatric Vocal Performer
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  • Sarah D. M. Blakeslee
    Voice and Swallow Clinics, American Family Children's Hospital, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Disclosure: Sarah Blakeslee has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Sarah Blakeslee has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Development / Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2013
Special Considerations When Working With the Pediatric Vocal Performer
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2013, Vol. 23, 22-27. doi:10.1044/vvd23.1.22
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2013, Vol. 23, 22-27. doi:10.1044/vvd23.1.22

Providing care to a performer with vocal injury requires an understanding of the physiology of the singing voice and appreciation for the complexities of the life of a performer. However, when the performer who presents to the clinic is a child or teenager, there are additional challenges, and providing appropriate care requires a special understanding of the changes that take place during vocal development across childhood and adolescence. This includes the physical changes that occur in the respiratory, phonatory, and resonatory systems; the effects of these changes on the singing voice especially in regards to puberty; and additional challenges ones faces when working with a performer who may have minimal training and whose instrument is continuing to develop. A thorough evaluation is necessary before recommending voice therapy. Voice therapy with pediatric vocal performers is similar to voice therapy with adults, but may have a larger focus on education regarding normal anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism, vocal hygiene, vocal warm-ups, and basic singing technique.

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