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Voice Therapy

Speech & Voice Skills

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Voice therapy is designed to help individuals who have difficulties with their voice, such as hoarseness, vocal fatigue, pitch problems, or loss of voice. The therapy begins with an assessment by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to diagnose the specific voice disorder and determine the best course of treatment. This assessment may include a detailed history, vocal assessments, and sometimes laryngoscopic examinations.

During voice therapy sessions, the SLP uses a variety of techniques and exercises to improve vocal function:

Vocal Exercises:

Specific exercises to strengthen the vocal cords and improve their coordination and control. This may include pitch glides, vocal warm-ups, and resonance exercises.

Breathing Techniques:

Training in proper breath support and diaphragmatic breathing to enhance vocal strength and reduce strain. Exercises may involve practicing deep breathing, controlling airflow, and coordinating breath with voice production.

Voice Hygiene Education:

Instruction on healthy vocal habits to prevent further damage and promote vocal health. This includes tips on hydration, avoiding vocal strain, managing reflux, and reducing throat clearing.

Posture and Alignment:

Techniques to improve posture and body alignment to support effective voice production. This can involve exercises to release tension in the neck, shoulders, and back.

Vocal Relaxation:

Methods to reduce tension in the vocal folds and surrounding muscles. Techniques may include progressive muscle relaxation, massage, and gentle vocal exercises.

Behavioral Modification:

Strategies to change harmful vocal behaviors, such as yelling, whispering, or speaking in a pitch that is too high or too low. The SLP may use biofeedback and auditory feedback to help individuals become more aware of their vocal habits and make adjustments.

The therapy is tailored to the individual's specific needs and goals, with a focus on achieving a clear, strong, and sustainable voice. The SLP may also provide home practice assignments to reinforce techniques learned during therapy sessions.

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Cindy Knighton MS SLP-CCC

As the founder of Speech for Success, LLC, Cindy brings a wealth of experience to her role as a speech-language pathologist.

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