The Treatment of Adolescents With Voice Disorders: Some Clinical Perspectives An Introduction Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 1991
The Treatment of Adolescents With Voice Disorders: Some Clinical Perspectives
 
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  • Moya L. Andrews
    Indiana University, Bloomington
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Clinical Forum: Collaborative/Consultative Service Delivery
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 1991
The Treatment of Adolescents With Voice Disorders: Some Clinical Perspectives
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1991, Vol. 22, 156-157. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2203.156
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1991, Vol. 22, 156-157. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2203.156
The Middle-High School period is usually a vocally strenuous time for students. Parents frequently complain about protracted telephone conversations, loud emotionally charged outbursts, boisterous parties, and loud music. The peer group exerts such a strong influence that adult admonitions regarding vocal abuse are frequently ignored. Vocal behavior that seems overly exuberant to adult ears is perceived by many teenagers as an essential component of enthusiastic participation in peer group activities. Popularity and group acceptance are valued more highly than vocal hygiene, and many media stars with hoarse and strained voices are idolized by adolescent audiences.
It is not surprising, therefore, that there is a discrepancy between the percentage of adolescents exhibiting deviant vocal behavior and the percentage receiving treatment. Although this is a population that seems to be at risk for functional voice disorders, especially hyper-functional problems (Andrews & Summers, 1988), few adolescents perceive the need for voice therapy, and those who are referred by teachers or parents are often apathetic or resistant to behavioral change.
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