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, Dayton, OH, and the Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati. He is the author of the texts Voice Therapy: Clinical Case Studies (4th ed.) and Clinical Voice Pathology: Theory and Management (5th ed.) (Plural Publishing, Inc.), as well as research articles and text chapters related to clinical voice disorders. His current research involves a translational study of various aspects of the aging voice including epidemiology, treatment outcomes, and the biology and morphology of aging laryngeal muscles. An active national and international speaker, he is a Fellow and Honors recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The genesis of Vocal Function Exercises will be described as well as the evidence supporting its application to voice disorders.
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.
This chapter will teach Vocal Function Exercises through demonstration. Participants will observe and practice the VFE techniques in preparation for teaching their own patients.
This chapter will describe scoring, documentation, advantages, and maintenance of the Vocal Function Exercise program.