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Voice disorders in children, aged 5 to 7 years

Tjaša Polutnik (2013) Voice disorders in children, aged 5 to 7 years. Diploma thesis.

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    Dysphonia is a term for every unpleasant change which can be detected via hearing and the voice disorder is most frequently a consequence of recuperation after a respiratory infection and it can also occur due to an incorrect formation of sounds or throat disorders. The purpose of the research is to find out how often dysphonia occurs among children from the age of five to the age of seven and how illnesses or the individual way children talk influence the occurrence of dysphonia. The research was based on fifty-eight children from the oldest group of the Trbovlje Kindergarten, unit Barbara and the first classes of the Trbovlje Primary School in the school year 2012/2013. I analyzed the data I gathered from the children's check-ups at the logopedist's and the parents’ opinions on the quality of their children's voices. I divided the data into two groups: children with hoarse voices and children who do not suffer from hoarseness, or children who occasionally have hoarse voices and children who never suffer from it. After comparing the two groups, I found out that approximately one third of the children between the ages of five to seven at least occasionally suffer from hoarseness, while twenty-seven percent of children were diagnosed with hoarseness at the check-up. Two possible factors which reduce the quality of the voice are frequent recoveries from illnesses and proneness to allergies. I was unable to prove a connection of dysphonia with any other factors. The hypothesis that child's hoarseness causes an additional physical, functional or emotional impairment in his or her life was rejected as well. The data and results are presented in the form of tables and in the written form.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: voice disorders, hoarseness, children, voice quality
    Number of Pages: 59
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Irena Hočevar BoltežarMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Marija HribernikComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9728073)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1667
    Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 10:56
    Last Modified: 11 Sep 2013 14:20
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1667

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