How can voice disorders be treated?
Speech-language pathologists play an important role in the assessment and treatment of children with voice disorders. Fortunately, most voice disorders are very responsive to short-term voice intervention. Voice therapy usually consists of a combination of direct and indirect treatment techniques. Direct techniques focus on the underlying physiological changes needed to improve and optimize the child’s use of the voice, such as loudness exercises and learning how to use the voice safely when playing, cheering, etc. Indirect techniques concentrate on education about how the voice box works and improving vocal hygiene (drinking more water).