One of the issues parents and others who have a child or loved one being treated by Vic Park speech therapists sometimes have is understanding exactly what to call the disorder in question. They are unsure whether to call it a speech impediment, a language problem, a learning difficulty, or whatever.
This is understandable given that the terms are often interchanged…sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly. What adds to the mix of confusion is when a voice disorder is a problem that is being treated. Some people think of voice and speech as the same thing, but they most certainly are not. So, to try to remove any confusion, here is what you should know about voice disorders in children and their treatment by speech pathologists.
What Is A Voice Disorder?
Whilst speech and language disorders relate to the words and vocabulary that a child might use, a voice disorder is when a child is misusing the voice used to create that speech and language. When a child has a voice disorder it can affect how loud they speak, the pitch of their voice and the quality of speech when they are talking.