Voice Therapy & eLuma
eLuma offers unparalleled online speech therapy solutions for voice disorders. We know that the key to helping these students is to first see and then unlock their incredible potential, but it all starts with their ability to communicate. Our speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can provide all of the same required services live and online, through a fully-secure, HIPAA-compliant platform, as they can in person — and can do so with a high degree of effectiveness, efficiency and flexibility. We love working with these kids and find great satisfaction in seeing them progress and succeed.
What are Voice Disorders?
Voice disorders cause abnormal vocal tone, quality, resonance, or loudness. Abnormalities in the voice have a variety of causes and can be categorized as organic or functional disorders.
Organic voice disorders are physiologically-based and can be structural or neurogenic.
Structural voice disorders result from physical differences in the vocal structures.
Neurogenic voice disorders are caused by issues with the nervous system’s control of the vocal structures.
Functional voice disorders are the result of inefficient or improper use of the voice.
A voice disorder can negatively affect a student’s ability to communicate effectively. It can also impact the child’s self-esteem, academic performance, and social development. Vocal fold nodules are among the most common forms of voice disorder seen in children. These inflammatory growths causes changes in vocal fold closure and vibration. Children with vocal fold nodules often present with a breathy, hoarse, or harsh vocal quality.
Treating Voice Disorders
As part of a multidisciplinary team, eLuma’s Speech-Language Pathologists can provide behavioral treatment approaches to reduce the negative effects of voice disorders. Online voice therapy and behavioral treatment techniques are chosen based on the student’s strengths, age, support system, and type of voice disorder.
- Melton, Sarah D. and Theis, Shannon M. “Pediatric Voice Therapy: Why, What and How.” Pediatric Voice Clinic/Otolaryngology, American Family Children’s Hospital, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School.
- American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Voice Disorders. https://www.asha.org/PRPSpecificTopic.aspx?folderid=8589942600§ion=Treatment
- American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps. https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Vocal-Cord-Nodules-and-Polyps/
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If you have questions about online school based speech therapy and how it works, we invite you to check out our Why Online Therapy and How Online Therapy Works pages to learn more about how effective, affordable, and popular it really is.
If you want to learn more about how eLuma’s online speech therapy services can help your school district, we’re happy to provide a free consultation to talk through your specific needs.
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