Classroom Program for the Prevention of Vocal Abuse and Hoarseness in Elementary School Children This investigation was designed to (a) develop a preventative program for vocal hygiene; (b) determine whether a group of elementary school-aged children can be made aware of the function and proper use of the vocal folds and develop skills for the prevention of vocal misuse; and (c) determine whether classroom ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1983
Classroom Program for the Prevention of Vocal Abuse and Hoarseness in Elementary School Children
 
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  • Holly Nilson, M.A., is a Communication Disorders Specialist with the Kennewick School District, Kennewick, WA 99336. Carl R. Schneiderman, Ph.D., is affiliated with the Communication Disorders Program, Daggy Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, where requests for reprints may be sent.
    Holly Nilson, M.A., is a Communication Disorders Specialist with the Kennewick School District, Kennewick, WA 99336. Carl R. Schneiderman, Ph.D., is affiliated with the Communication Disorders Program, Daggy Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, where requests for reprints may be sent.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1983
Classroom Program for the Prevention of Vocal Abuse and Hoarseness in Elementary School Children
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1983, Vol. 14, 121-127. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1402.121
History: Received April 20, 1981 , Accepted January 18, 1982
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1983, Vol. 14, 121-127. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1402.121
History: Received April 20, 1981; Accepted January 18, 1982

This investigation was designed to (a) develop a preventative program for vocal hygiene; (b) determine whether a group of elementary school-aged children can be made aware of the function and proper use of the vocal folds and develop skills for the prevention of vocal misuse; and (c) determine whether classroom teachers of these children can improve skills needed to identify vocal abuse. The subjects were 155 second and third-grade school children 6–8 years old and their classroom teachers. A program for the prevention of vocal abuse and hoarseness was presented in four lessons, The subjects were tested prior to receiving the program to determine their knowledge and awareness of vocal abusive situations. All subjects were retested following the program and again 5 months later. The results showed that both children and teachers benefited from the program. There were positive changes in vocal abuse and self-monitoring skills. The program used in this study has important implications for meeting the needs of the public school speech-language pathologist.

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