Joseph C. Stemple
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Vocal Function Exercises (VFE) are a series of systematic voice exercises designed to strengthen and balance the laryngeal musculature, increase or improve vocal fold adduction, and coordinate the subsystems of voice production. This course is designed to introduce the rationale behind the use of VFEs including the historical development, supportive evidence, and precision of execution. Course participants will learn to precisely apply the exercise techniques with their population of voice disordered patients.
Joseph Stemple is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He joined the faculty in the UK Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2005, following a 30-year clinical career as founder and director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation,…
Many voice therapy techniques are not well understood by patients and may seem silly. Thus, adherence to the therapy program may suffer. This chapter presents a reasonable rationale for VFEs designed to make them a partner in the patient's care.
3. Learning and Teaching Vocal Function Exercise
This chapter will teach Vocal Function Exercises through demonstration. Participants will observe and practice the VFE techniques in preparation for teaching their own patients.
4. Conclusion: Post-Therapy Details
This chapter will describe scoring, documentation, advantages, and maintenance of the Vocal Function Exercise program.
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