Voice therapy is treatment for a voice disorder. The Speech and Language Therapist and you will explore what has predisposed you or your child to a voice problem, what precipitated it and what is maintaining it.
Before therapy begins, you should ensure that the voice box (larynx) is examined by an ENT doctor to work out what is physically causing the voice problem. There might be a lesion on the vocal folds (cords) or it might be that the voice is produced with too much muscular effort.
Once you have a diagnosis, therapy can begin!
Therapy may involve making changes to your life style, such as what you eat and drink, how much you rest. Your voice is often a reflection of other issues or difficulties in your life. Therapy can address anything that is out of balance that may be affecting your voice. You will have the opportunity to tell your ‘story’ and together with the Speech and Language Therapist you will find a way to bring balance to your life and voice.
Therapy may also involve making slight adjustments to the way you use your voice- how you use your breath, the muscles in and around the larynx and other muscles in your jaw, tongue, face and head and neck. You may also need to adjust your posture. You will find a way to practise these exercises between sessions in a meaningful and easy-to-do way, so that you quickly start to notice a difference to the way your voice sounds and feels.
By the end of your first session, you will have had the opportunity to tell your ‘voice story’, recorded your voice, filled out some questionnaires, tried out some voice therapy exercises and identified what you want to work towards in simple, manageable steps.
Some people require surgery to manage the voice condition, or need to take medication to help the health of the larynx. You will learn what to do before and after surgery to help your way to vocal recovery and/or you can learn more about why the medication has been prescribed and how best to take it.
The voice therapy journey is a joint journey between you and the Speech and Language Therapist. Together, you will find the way to the best vocal recovery possible.
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