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UW Madison finds way to quiet down scream autistic Appleton boy

University of Wisconsin Madison
University of Wisconsin Madison

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Doctors at UW Madison have found a way to quiet down autistic children who scream loudly-and-often. 

In the Journal of Voice, UW Health surgeon Seth Dailey wrote about an operation he performed in 2011 on 16-year-old Kade Hanegraaf of Appleton. 

His mother Vicki said her son use to scream louder than a lawn-mower, well over a-thousand times each day. 

She said it was horrific, and she and her son couldn't go anywhere because of it. 

Dailey separated the cartilage in Kade's vocal cords.  It formed a larger gap for the boy's air flow, and limited his sound power. 

Since then, the doctor said Kade has screamed 90-percent less often -- and it's only been half as loud.  He noted that the surgery is reversible.