Treating Voice Disorders in the Pediatric Population

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Presenter: Ellen Friedman, MA, CCC-SLP
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The human larynx is ever changing, from the first cries of infancy, through puberty, and until full its maturation at age 18. As such, treating voice disorders in pediatric patients can be tricky, and the early vocal habits of children will affect the health and potential of their larynges forever. In this workshop participants will learn how to do a thorough clinical/perceptual evaluation of the pediatric voice using developmentally meaningful methodologies. Participants will learn how to develop and execute treatment strategies which involve the entire family milieu, and be an advocate for vocal hygiene in the school and sports settings.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common voice disorders seen in the pediatric population
  • Define dysphonia by more specific parameters.
  • Determine a referral protocol based on presenting symptoms.
  • Develop therapy strategies which are developmentally and physiologically appropriate
  • Differentiate the needs of the young, vs. the fully developed larynx.
About Ellen: Ellen N. Friedman, MA CCC-SLP owns a private practice in Ohio, where she works clinically in out patient, school, home health and teaching settings. Former president of the Northeast Ohio Regional Association of Medical Speech/Language Pathologists, Ellen began her subspecialty voice practice in 1993, which has expanded to include pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients who have voice, swallowing, digestive, and speech/language deficits. 
Ellen has taught in the graduate school of speech pathology at Kent State University, and was also on the faculty of Cleveland State University, where she taught clinical procedures. On the national level, Ellen teaches CEU courses in the areas of dysphagia, adult failure to thrive, social skills, voice, and reflux disease, and is published in the fields of voice and gastroesophageal disease. 

In addition to being a speech/language pathologist, Ellen is a professional actor, vocalist, acting coach, and director. 
Additional Information

This course is offered at 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional area)

Course Timeline:

60 Minutes: Understanding the development of the larynx from infancy to full maturation.

  • Anatomy and physiology of the developing
  • Puberty and voice change

60 Minutes: Diagnostics.

  • Perceptual/clinical evaluation of voice in the pediatric population
  • Referral protocol for ENT, gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology, and psychology.

60 Minutes: Therapy

  • Developmentally based therapy strategies
  • Treating the entire family milieu

Disclosure Statement: 
Financial: Ellen Friedman is a speaker for and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial:  No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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