Voice Disorders in Children: Preventing, Identifying, Evaluating and Treating

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Voice Disorders in Children: Preventing, Identifying, Evaluating and Treating

  • April 20, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Voice disorders may occur in 6-23% of school-age children, yet many SLPs working primarily with children rarely see a child with a voice disorder. Perhaps children with voice disorders are under-identified because the adults in their life get used to hearing the child’s voice and don’t recognize it as disordered. Programs promoting vocal hygiene in schools can be effective ways to reduce the occurrence of voice disorders.  SLPs should be able to identify various types of voice disorders, evaluate them and plan effective treatment strategies.  The course will describe various types of voice disorders and how to perform a clinical evaluation as well as the importance of a medical evaluation. Strategies for treating vocal abuse with behavioral management techniques as well as specific techniques for addressing the hyperfunctional voice will be shared. A related disorder, Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion (PVFD) will be described and treatment demonstrated.   

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the day, the participant will be able to:

  1. Differentiate different types of voice disorders in children
  2. Apply behavioral techniques to reduce vocal abuse
  3. Use techniques to treat the hyperfunctional voice
  4. Establish a vocal hygiene program
  5. Identify and treat Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion

Presenter:  Nancy B. Swigert, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Date: Friday April 20, 2018, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dover Downs Hotel and Casino
Ballroom A – Rollins Center
1131 North DuPont Highway
Dover DE
(302) 674-4600