Parents often ask, "does my child have a voice disorder?" Below are some questions which can be used as a guide to know whether or not your child's voice is something to be concerned about.
1. Does your child's voice draw attention to itself, to the extent that it distracts listeners from what your child is actually saying?
2. Does your child's voice briefly disappear at times, or disappear for long periods?
3. Does your child's voice limit them when they are participating in daily activities?
4. Does your child's voice sound strained and effortful?
If the answer to any of these questions above is 'yes', it is recommended that your child's voice is assessed by a Speech Therapist.
In the meantime, below are 8 things that you can encourage your child to do, to protect their voice.
Also, here are 3 things you can do, to further protect your child's voice.
Finally, if you think that your child's ongoing voice problems may have a structural cause, a consultation with an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist can confirm or rule this out.
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