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A Voice Therapy Spectrum

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Over the past years, increasing emphasis has been placed on the use of standardized voice therapies for the treatment of voice problems of varying origins. This approach has lent itself well to evidence-based investigations of voice therapy, as well as standardization of clinical training. However, recently, new questions have also been raised about the relevance of personalized training. The Voice Therapy Spectrum course aims to address this issue systematically. The basic premise in the "Spectrum" approach to voice therapy is that a single theoretical framework for therapy can be applied in different ways, for different patients. The framework of interest is one that identifies three broad parameters to address in voice therapy and training:
(1) the "what" of training (what is the biomechanical target);
(2) the "how" of training (how do people acquire and habituate new physical behaviors);
(3) the "if" of training (what are factors affecting patient and student “compliance” with instructional suggestions). 
On Day 1 of the seminar, basic science foundations for the foregoing issues will be reviewed. On Day 2, two different standardized applications of the principles will be described and trained: Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT) and a newly created Casper-Stone Confidential Flow Therapy (CSCFT).  The two methods differ in the specific biomechanical target of training, in that LMRVT targets relatively more complete vocal fold closure and the use of a semi-occluded vocal tract during phonation as compared to CSCFT, which targets slightly greater abduction without semi-occluded tract. Of note, both targets fall within the range of what has been identified as “optimal vocal economy,” which favors both good acoustic output and relatively minimal vocal fold impact stress and thus putative protection from injury. Both methods retain the same principles of motor learning and patient compliance. The choice of one approach over the other will depend on clinician and patient preference, and patient pathology. Outcome data will be presented for LMRVT and CSCFT, based on results of recent clinical trials. Day 2 of the seminar will conclude with exposure to methods for creating individualized voice therapy, personalized for a given patient in a principled way, “in the moment.”


Apr 06, 2014


Speech Language Pathology CE


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Speech Language Pathology, Otolaryngology

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MultiVoiceDimensions MultiVoiceDimensions MultiVoiceDimensions MultiVoiceDimensions MultiVoiceDimensions MultiVoiceDimensions voice, voice disorders Live CE CME Seminar CE CME Live CE CME Seminar CE CME

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04-05-2014 - 04-06-2014

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