Can children have voice problems? Speed therapy 27/09/2017
The voice is the main tool that allows us to communicate, express our feelings and make our emotions, ideas and facts known to others.
For this reason, the voice plays a key role in the development of each one and we must take care of it, since the voice also gets tired, loses effectiveness and can get sick, whatever our age is.
Childhood dysphonia is any alteration of the voice, momentary or long lasting, that alters its acoustic qualities in children. One of the main causes of prolonged childhood dysphonia is vocal misuse. If we think about the use that children make of their own voice, we will see that this is often much more demanding than the vocal use of adults, since children tend to call and scream much more, to speak in noisier environments. And make sudden changes in voice.
I THINK MY CHILD MAY HAVE VOICE PROBLEMS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The first thing is to consult a specialist doctor, in this case the otorhinolaryngologist. This will take care of assessing and diagnosing the vocal alterations that you present and, if you consider it appropriate, will refer you to the voice rehabilitation service. This, headed by a voice specialist speech therapist, will treat, depending on the needs, severity and pathology, the basis of the alteration to rehabilitate the voice and thus prevent the problem from persisting in adulthood.
Judit Pujadas Planell
Speech therapist col. 3757