Be prepared to treat children with typical voice disorders using this book of tools, techniques, methods, and materials. The Source for Children's Voice Disorders is an excellent reference for the busy clinician looking for "need to know" information and organizational help in one handy place. The goals of this book are to help SLPs:
- Correctly interpret and integrate the components of a voice evaluation.
- Understand various vocal pathologies and their implications for voice treatment.
- Design treatment sessions that target a variety of vocal behaviors.
- Understand vocal hyperfunction and abuse, respiration, and oral-nasal resonance problems and what to do.
Chapter 1 – Describes things that can go wrong with the voice and gives descriptions of problems related to voice abuse. Addresses causes of voice problems (e.g., GERD, upper respiratory infections) as well as congenital medical disorders with related voice problems (e.g., cleft palate, cerebral palsy).
Chapter 2 – Reviews clinical assessments (i.e., non-instrumental voice assessment) and includes a Clinical Voice Evaluation Checklist, observation form, case history form, and educational handout.
Chapter 3 – Provides an overview of instrumental evaluation measures and how to interpret them.
Chapter 4 – Provides help for implementing appropriate interventions using sample forms and treatment plans, as well as a master list of goals and treatment objectives. Includes suggestions for addressing the following challenges:
- Helping the child understand his/her voice problem
- Utilizing a behavior change reinforcement system
- Determining a prognosis and length of treatment
Chapter 5 – Covers treatment of the hyperfunctional voice (voice produced with too much tension) and discusses types of hyperfunction and their respective treatments. Includes illustrated exercises and take-home activities.
Chapter 6 – Describes specific strategies for helping children replace vocal abuses with good vocal hygiene techniques as well as techniques for respiration, phonation, and resonance that effect vocal hyperfunction. Provides suggestions for motivating the child, goals and objectives, and specific treatment methods using data collection forms and illustrated exercises.
Chapter 7 – Shows how to teach children to use a better respiratory pattern using illustrated activities.
Chapter 8 – Focuses on three aspects of phonation that may be problematic for children: volume, pitch, and voice onset. Includes sample treatment goals, a sequence of activities, and illustrated activities.
Chapter 9 – Deals briefly with hypernasality and covers tone focus in detail. Reviews treatment techniques and includes illustrated activities.
Chapter 10 – Gives information on paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction (PVFD). Although PVFD is not a voice disorder, its treatment requires knowledge of respiration and phonation.
The Source for Children's Voice Disorders
- 179-page book (8" x 11")
- Educational tools
- Therapy activities
- Password protected CD-ROM for printing reproducible pages, including an educational PowerPoint presentation on How to Keep a Healthy Voice