Voice disorders in children are commonly referred to with descriptive terms such as "hoarseness", "raspy voice", and "weak and breathy voice."
A child's voice disorder may significantly impair a child's intelligibility, either by itself or in combination with a speech and articulation difficulty.
Child and teenage performers may place special demands on their voices, and be unable to reach their full potential in the setting of a voice problem.
Typical voice disorders diagnosed and managed include:
- Vocal fold nodules
- Vocal hyperfunction
- Vocal fold cysts or polyps
- Laryngeal papillomas
- Vocal fold scarring
- Glottic (vocal fold) and subglottic web
- Vocal fold paralysis or immobility
- Vocal fold inflammation due to gastroesophageal reflux/laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)
- Vocal fold dysfunction
- Muscle tension dysphonia