Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief: care of the noncelebrity professional speaker

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Celia R Hooper, Dean, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Abstract: For the past 12 years I have had the opportunity of working in two excellent intensive voice therapy programs, one in a large community hearing and speech center and one in a smaller university clinic. I have observed in such non-hospital-based clinics that the majority of voice clients are an interesting and special group of people—what I term the noncelebrity professional speaker. The purpose of this article is to describe one useful, successful protocol for management of these clients by the speech-language pathologist. The article begins with an introduction to the characteristics of this special population and then describes the referral process and the voice evaluation. Therapy structuring is then considered, including client education, direct voice manipulation, counseling, and frequent voice re-evaluation. The client examples used for illustration are real clients seen by student clinicians with supervision. A secondary purpose of this article is to dispel the myth among some student clinicians that voice therapy is somehow vague, frightening, or magic. Perhaps this myth exists because voice disorders, like other communication disorders, sit at the intersect of so many biological and behavioral sciences (Siegel & Ingham, 1987). I recommend that we take what we need from all the sciences for a rational, exciting clinical experience in voice therapy.

Additional Information

NSSLHA Journal, 5, 68-87
Language: English
Date: 1987
voice therapy, noncelebrity professional speaker

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