BUZZY CHILD RESONANT VOICE THERAPY

Buzzy Child Resonant Voice Therapy is

  • For children (3-13) with voice disorders
  • Based on principles of motor learning
  • Derived from Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy
  • Formatted specifically for how children learn
  • Voice therapy that’s fun!

FAQs:

Why is it important to diagnose a possible voice disorder in a child who sounds hoarse, raspy, rough, and/or frequently loses their voice?

Frequently when a child has a voice problem, it’s caused by benign irritation of the vocal cord tissue (e.g., vocal nodules). These types of changes occur from voice use patterns that are “phonotraumatic”–meaning physically traumatic to the vocal cords.

Who should diagnose a voice disorder?

Our voice-specialist speech-language pathologists work with several otolaryngologists (ENTs) and laryngologists (voice doctors) in the area to diagnose not only the source of the voice problem itself, but how it is manifesting in a child’s voice quality and use.

Who should do voice therapy?

A speech-language pathologist specializing in voice disorders, such as our voice team at Language & Voice Experience.

Why should my child have voice therapy?

Voice therapy is evidenced-based as the most-effective and least-invasive treatment for benign vocal cord lesions. Without voice therapy intervention, a child is at risk for:

  • Requring surgery
  • Developing scar tissue, making the problem more permanent
  • Chronic throat pain or soreness
  • Social/emotional effects of having a perceptually “sick” or “abnormal” voice or difficulty being heard/understood

What will their voices be like as adults?

 Typically voice problems that are untreated in childhood continue into adulthood, meaning a child who is hoarse will become an adult who is hoarse. This could pose problems when entering the work-force, especially for those who use their voice frequently for work (e.g., salespeople, teachers, fitness instructors).

Does my child have to stop being loud?

Temporarily, it may be advised to reduce loud and extensive voice use; however, our goal is for the child to use their voice safely for all needs–including loud voice use.

Is my child too young for voice therapy?

Children are typically open and receptive to therapy starting at 3 years old. We recommend starting therapy early so the parent/caregiver may learn how to help the child develop healthy voice habits.