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Children love to shout, yell, scream, and make play noises everyday in a variety of situations. They may yell across the playground or even scream at a sibling! They enjoy the release of emotions that using their voice gives them and allows them to express themself.

Some children may use their voice incorrectly and cause strain on the muscles which are involved in voicing. When this occurs over a period of time, a child may develop changes in their voice such as:

  • Pitch Changes, i.e. too high or too low
  • Loudness Changes, i.e. too soft/loud
  • Quality Changes, i.e. hoarseness or breathiness
  • Vocal Habits, i.e. excessive throat clearing or coughing

Most vocal disorders can completely improve with Speech Pathology Intervention and the IMPORTANT thing to remember is that EARLY INTERVENTION IS A MUST! Our intervention for voice difficulties are wholistic and involve all aspects of the child's home and learning environments to ensure generalisation of good voicing occurs.

It is always recommended that you see an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT) to rule out any medical pathology.

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