Adolescent & Adult
This resource provides the experienced or new clinician with evaluative tools, treatment ideas, and therapy tasks to help clients improve in voice therapy.
- Correctly interpret and integrate the components of a voice evaluation
- Understand various vocal pathologies and their implications for voice treatment
- Design treatment sessions that target a variety of vocal behaviors
The book begins with an overview of the anatomy and physiology of voice production. The chapter on voice evaluation includes terminology, rating scales, instrumental and noninstrumental assessment, and report writing. An overview of 23 voice disorders is given with their etiology, presentation, and treatment/therapy suggestions. Topics include:
- Functional Voice Disorders: functional aphonia, paradoxical vocal fold movement (PVFM), muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) and more
- Neurological Voice Disorders: vocal fold paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia (SD)
- Organic Voice Pathologies: polyps and nodules, granuloma, reflux laryngitis, sulcus vocalis, papilloma, and cancer
- Gastro-Esophogeal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Neurological Conditions Affecting the Voice: pseudobulbar palsy, myasthenia gravis, essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's Chorea, and more
Various treatment approaches are reviewed and specific exercises and therapy activities are given for:
- vocal hygiene
- voice therapy theories and approaches (e.g., resonant voice therapy, laryngeal massage)
- therapy exercises/tasks
- physical exercises
Copy the activity pages or print them out from the FREE CD. Extra helps include:
- voice, respiration, and resonance exercise sheets
- evaluation tools
- voice handicap index
- example treatment plans
- sample protocols
- consent forms
- patient questionnaire
- educational handouts
Copyright © 2004
- Of the general population, 29.9% will experience a voice disorder in their lifetime (Roy, Merrill, Gray, & Smith, 2005).
- New advances and techniques are being adapted into clinical practice for the assessment of vocal function (Mehta & Hillman, 2008).
- Data reported in the literature supports the use of voice therapy in the management of patients with both acute and chronic voice disorders (ASHA, 2005).
- Voice therapy contributes to increased treatment efficacy of voice disorders (ASHA, 2005).
- Voice therapy contributes to the cost-effectiveness of medical and surgical treatment outcomes for patients with voice disorders and vocal pathologies (ASHA, 2005).
The Source for Voice Disorders Adolescent & Adult incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2005). The use of voice therapy in the treatment of dysphonia [Technical Report]. Retrieved March 27, 2009 from www.asha.org/policy
Mehta, D., & Hillman, R. (2008). Voice assessment: Updates on perceptual, acoustic, aerodynamic, and endoscopic imaging methods. Current Opinions in Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery, 16(3), 211-215.
Roy, N., Merrill, R., Gray, S., & Smith, E. (2005). Voice disorders in the general population: Prevalence, risk factors, and occupational impact. Laryngoscope, 115(11), 1988-1995.