The voice is produced through a complex interaction of respiration (breathing), voicing (sound production by the vocal folds in the larynx), and resonance (vibrations in the mouth and nose). A client with a voice disorder may sound hoarse or raspy, they may have a high or low voice, or they may sound excessively loud or soft. Clients may frequently lose their voice (laryngitis). If these symptoms become chronic you should contact your physician and be referred to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat doctor/otolaryngologist) for an assessment. Hoarse and raspy voices are not normal and should not be part of a regular sounding voice.
Most childhood voice disorders are caused by vocal abuse (frequent yelling, shouting, chronic throat clearing). Some voice disorders may be due to neurological or structural irregularities. A speech language pathologist requires a diagnosis and referral from an ENT before voice therapy can begin. Once a diagnosis has been determined, an SLP can work to help you or your child identify and reduce harmful vocal behaviors. You will also learn to produce your voice in a healthy way and learn strategies to maintain optimal vocal health.
PROactive Speech Therapy & Accent Modification provides evidence-based voice therapy using intricate knowledge of vocal production and current research. Voice therapy can aid in rehabilitation and recovery for voice damage stemming from multiple etiologies.
Assessment: requires referral from ENT
Voice Therapy for:
- Vocal nodules
- Vocal hyperfunction
- Vocal fold paralysis
- And many more associated conditions
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