Voice therapy helps individuals with voice disorders in managing and resolving their voice problem. There are a variety of techniques and approaches available to help individuals with voice problems. The speech and language therapist will tailor a voice therapy programme for the individual's specific needs or abilities.
What is voice therapy?
Voice therapy is a method of treatment which helps individuals with voice problems. There are different types of voice therapy available; these will vary depending on the type and severity of the voice disorder, the client's age and their underlying cause of their voice disorder.
Different types of voice therapy include:
Vocal hygiene programme
A vocal hygiene programme will give advice on vocal hygiene and lifestyle options which can help to improve the voice. A vocal hygiene programme will give advice on what to do and what not to do in order to gain the most out your voice. This may include avoiding certain foods e.g. spicy foods and sipping water on a regular basis. Vocal hygiene programmes will be individualised for the individual's specific needs and lifestyle.
Breathing and relaxation techniques
Breathing and relaxation techniques can improve the individual's control of their breathing and voice. Our speech and language therapists will teach the individual the appropriate way to use their breath support in order to achieve effective communication.
Similar to breathing and relaxation exercises, these exercises will teach the individual how to coordinate their breathing with the use of their voice and speech in order to maximise their communicative potential.
Voice therapy can work on many aspects of the voice in order to help an individual communicate more effectively, these include:
- Breath support
- Laryngeal posture
- Rate and rhythm
Our speech and language therapists may use a combination of the above treatments when helping an individual with a voice disorder. The speech and language therapists will tailor the individual's voice treatment to suit their specific needs and lifestyle.
What conditions can voice therapy help with?
Voice therapy can help the following conditions and problems:
What are the benefits of voice therapy?
There are many benefits of voice therapy; the main benefit is helping the individual to communicate more effectively. Other benefits include:
- Communication benefits
- Functional benefits
- Social benefits
- Benefits for family and friends
- Benefits for other professionals
- Improved quality of life
- Emotional benefits
- Cognitive benefits
Similar treatments / services that could help
Similar treatment options available for individual's with voice disorders include:
- Oesophageal voice training
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication
- Less Silverman Voice Treatment
How can I arrange a speech and language therapy assessment?
To arrange an initial assessment with one of our speech and language therapists or for any more information on voice therapy please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 0885 643.
Voice therapy helps individuals to manage their voice in order to communicate more effectively. Voice therapy can involve a variety of different management approaches and the speech and language therapist will address the individual's specific needs when creating a treatment plan. If you feel you may benefit from voice therapy please contact us by emailing email@example.com or call 0330 0885 643.
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