Voice Therapy – An Aspect of Speech and Language Therapy
Voice therapy is one type of a group of treatments known as speech and language therapy, which is directed at treating a broad spectrum of communication disorders. Most types of speech and language therapy (including voice therapy) are provided by speech-language pathologists.
The general goal of voice therapy is to rehabilitate the patient’s voice to a level of function that enables the patient to fulfill his or her daily voice and/or speech communication needs.
Elements of Voice Therapy
Voice therapy can include:
- Learning how the voice works and how it can be injured
- Vocal hygiene (a program of daily voice care)
- Vocal and/or respiratory exercises
- Home practice
The success of voice therapy is dependent upon:
- Correct medical diagnosis
- Proper functional assessment of voice use
- The therapist’s knowledge and skill
- Patient compliance
Patient education material presented here does not substitute for medical consultation or examination, nor is this material intended to provide advice on the medical treatment appropriate to any specific circumstances.
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