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Part 2: Treatment of the Singing Voice and The Role of the SLP

presented by Sarah L. Schneider, MS, CCC-SLP

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Financial— Sarah Schneider receives compensation from UCSF Medical Center as an employee. She also receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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A speech-language pathologist requires specific skill and training to appropriately treat those with voice disorders. This is generally beyond what is learned in the typical training of speech-language pathologists (SLP). Treating the injured singing voice takes this concept a step further requiring not only knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and science of voice production and vocal pathology but also knowledge and skill in the area of vocal pedagogy and performance. This course will cover considerations for scope of practice and training of the SLP in addition to an overview of treatment in this population with emphasis on therapeutic goals steeped in the physiology and science of voice production.

Meet Your Instructor

Sarah L. Schneider, MS, CCC-SLP

Sarah L. Schneider, MS, CCC-SLP, Assistant Clinical Professor and Speech-Language Pathology Director in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. She is part of the interdisciplinary voice care team at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center, specializing in evaluation and treatment of all aspects of voice,…

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1. Scope of Practice and Current Thinking

This chapter will focus on defining the role of the speech-language pathologist in evaluating and treating the singing voice, including considerations for scope of practice and training, differentiating habilitation and rehabilitation, and the roles of the various professionals involved in caring for a singer.

2. Executing the Treatment Plan: Singing Voice Rehabilitation

Armed with knowledge from the medical and behavioral evaluation, the speech pathologist must consider medical diagnosis, vocal hygiene and vocal demand, vocal efficiency and conditioning, and emotional aspects to maximize rehabilitation outcomes. Therapeutic decision-making should be informed by current understanding of vocal pathology, principles of voice science and therapy, and knowledge in the realm of vocal pedagogy. It is key to balance the evidenced-based practice of voice therapy, pedagogical concepts, and the artistic requirements of the style in which the patient is singing to provide options to maximize vocal health and efficiency while not imparting judgment on the patient’s vocal choices/style.

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