Right Start offers therapy for functional pediatric voice disorders. Voice disorders are classified as structural, neurogenic, or functional.
Structural disorders – the vocal anatomy is affected.
Neurogenic disorders- the nervous system is affected.
Functional disorders- the structure and anatomy is normal, however the vocal mechanism is not efficient or is not being used appropriately.
The most common symptoms of voice disorders are: chronic hoarseness and vocal fatigue. Statistics have shown that boys are three times more likely to have childhood voice disorders than girls (Pannbacker, 1999).
If you have questions about your child’s vocal health, talk with your pediatrician or ENT!
“Incidence rates of pediatric voice disorders range from 6% to 23% (Maddern, Campbell, & Stool, 1991), with more than 1 million children in the United States affected by chronic dysphonia (Gumpert, Kalach, Dupont, & Contencin, 1998). Childhood dysphonia is a broad condition and can be difficult to quantify and study; however, several studies have shown that voice disruptions negatively affect how children are perceived both by adults and by their peers (Ruscello, Lass, & Podbesek, 1988; Lass, Ruscello, Stout, & Hoffmann, 1991; Lass, Ruscello, Bradshaw, & Blankenship, 1991).” Theis, S. M. (2010, November 23). Pediatric Voice Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment. The ASHA Leader.