Management of Vocal Hoarseness Caused by Abuse: An Approach Clinicians encounter numerous school-age children who give evidence of vocal hoarseness caused by vocal abuse. This article provides the methods and activities clinicians may use to help these children acquire normal voices and appropriate vocal habits. The approach involves parents, students, and teachers. Emphasis is placed on explanation of the ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1978
Management of Vocal Hoarseness Caused by Abuse: An Approach
 
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  • Julie A. Blonigen is a lead speech-language clinician with School District #41, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at 18594 Gary Street, #7, Elk River, Minnesota 55330.
    Julie A. Blonigen is a lead speech-language clinician with School District #41, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at 18594 Gary Street, #7, Elk River, Minnesota 55330.×
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Research Article   |   July 01, 1978
Management of Vocal Hoarseness Caused by Abuse: An Approach
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1978, Vol. 9, 142-150. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0903.142
History: Received August 16, 1976 , Accepted August 4, 1977
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1978, Vol. 9, 142-150. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0903.142
History: Received August 16, 1976; Accepted August 4, 1977

Clinicians encounter numerous school-age children who give evidence of vocal hoarseness caused by vocal abuse. This article provides the methods and activities clinicians may use to help these children acquire normal voices and appropriate vocal habits. The approach involves parents, students, and teachers. Emphasis is placed on explanation of the problem, identification and elimination of abuses, elimination of muscular tension through relaxation exercises, and use of breathy-speech production that avoids hard glottal attacks. Breathiness is achieved using the yawn-sigh approach. Children participating in the program become responsible for their own progress. The approach has been successful with elementary and secondary students.

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