Management of Functional Voice Disorders in Adolescents This article describes the nature and treatment of functional voice disorders in adolescents. It summarizes physiological and psychological changes that occur in adolescence, the types of functional voice disorders common to that period, and the incidence and possible causes, including high-risk factors. Three case studies illustrate the importance of obtaining ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 1996
Management of Functional Voice Disorders in Adolescents
 
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  • Robert C. Peppard
    Department of Communication Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 11206 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Clinical Forum: Voice Disorders
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 1996
Management of Functional Voice Disorders in Adolescents
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1996, Vol. 27, 257-270. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2703.257
History: Received February 25, 1994 , Accepted August 25, 1994
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1996, Vol. 27, 257-270. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2703.257
History: Received February 25, 1994; Accepted August 25, 1994

This article describes the nature and treatment of functional voice disorders in adolescents. It summarizes physiological and psychological changes that occur in adolescence, the types of functional voice disorders common to that period, and the incidence and possible causes, including high-risk factors. Three case studies illustrate the importance of obtaining accurate laryngeal data, typical symptoms and signs, and the use of voice probes in diagnosis and treatment. The use of intensive treatment and carryover is stressed. The role of the school clinician in management is discussed, as is the need for screening programs and further research.

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