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Voice Problems in Children

Voice Problems in Children

The following information was supplied by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Voice problems may include:

Husky voice
Hoarseness
Sore or dry throat
Sudden pitch changes
Discomfort when speaking
Loud unvaried speech

How to help

Do

• see your GP to discuss any voice problems
• be positive and encouraging about your child's communication
• explain that persistent throat clearing makes the throat uncomfortable
• encourage a quiet environment for talking and take turns to talk
• encourage your child to avoid shouting and whispering loudly
• encourage your child's confidence in imaginative play and story-telling
• encourage special times to talk with your child about their feelings
• ask for a hearing test if you are concerned about your child's ability to hear
• encourage your child to drink plenty of water
• try and ensure a reasonably dust-free environment

Don't

• comment to others about your child's voice in front of them
• draw attention to their voice
• speak loudly yourself or shout with a child who is straining to be heard
• tell your child that their feelings are wrong or mistaken

Support organisations:

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Other articles supplied by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Delayed Language
Disorders of Fluency in Children (Stammering)
Speech Sound Difficulties
What is the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists?

More information on speech and language difficulties

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