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A therapeutic approach for improved vocal performance in individuals in teaching occupations

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lori L. Sonnenberg (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Virginia A Hinton

Abstract: "Teachers represent one of the largest groups of professional voice users in the country and are among those individuals at greatest risk for developing vocal problems. This study investigated the efficacy of a specific therapy approach for treating voice problems among teachers. Five female teachers with reported voice problems participated in six sessions of voice therapy to improve body posture and diaphragmatic breathing, establish forward resonance patterns, reduce laryngeal tension through speaking and singing exercises, and improve vocal hygiene habits. Data was obtained via perceptual analysis, objective voice measurements, and two patient-based treatment outcome measures: the Voice Handicap Index (VHI) and a Vocal Symptoms Questionnaire. Results suggested that teachers with reported voice problems can establish and maintain healthier, more efficient voice use and improved vocal hygiene habits with the described course of treatment. Furthermore, voice clinicians can consider these techniques as effective alternatives in clinical settings when treating this population. "--Abstract from author supplied metadata

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Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2005
Keywords
Teachers, vocal problems, risk, therapy approach, voice clinicians
Subjects
Voice culture--Study and teaching.
Voice culture--Exercises.
Teachers--Health and hygiene.
Speech--Physiological aspects.