Treatment of Voice Disorders in Children - NESHAP Spring 2017
Wednesday April 26, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Children may experience many different types of voice disorders, though the majority of these problems go undetected and untreated. Common vocal issues seen in children are hoarseness, difficulty modulating loudness level of the voice, vocal fold nodules, and laryngo-pharyngeal reflux. This presentation will begin with an introduction to normal laryngeal anatomy and function. Participants will then learn how the larynx develops from birth to adolescence, how the voice changes through time, what voice disorders are characteristic in children’s voice, and how teachers and speech-language pathologists can participate in the diagnosis and treatment of these voice problems. Vocal strategies to improve vocal quality will be demonstrated.
At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:
1. Describe the development of laryngeal anatomy
2. List negative perceptions individuals have about children with voice disorders
3. Explain direct treatment methods for children with voice disorders
4. Describe the importance of counseling in the treatment process
5. Explain functional techniques to increase generalization activities outside the clinic
Speech Pathologists, General and Special Education Teachers
Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.