$44.00 USD

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0.2  ASHA CEUs

Assessment Of Voice Disorders In Children And Adults: Using Inexpensive Low And High Tech Resources To Complete A Comprehensive Voice Evaluation #e138


Presenter: Elizabeth U. Grillo, PhD, CCC-SLP

This course presents tools and measures for use as part of a comprehensive voice evaluation.


"Thank you for the free online materials! Excellent course. I appreciate the rating scales – helps to capture data more objectively."

– L.H., prior course participant

In a voice assessment, both subjective and objective measures should be captured for a comprehensive view of the client’s voice problem. These measures may be captured by pen and paper (low tech) or with a computer (high tech). This course will explore: 1) perceptual, acoustic, aerodynamic, and movement voice measures, and 2) free low and high tech Internet resources that can be used to collect the measures in both children and adults.

The content of this course is for all speech-language pathologists in private practice, schools, and medical settings. Information from this course can be applied to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for Behavioral and Qualitative Assessment of Voice (CPT 92524) and acoustic and aerodynamic analysis during Laryngeal Function Studies (CPT 92520).

Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours.

Course Overview – Run Time: 2:03:39

  • Introduction.
  • Assessment of voice.
  • Perceptual, acoustic, aerodynamic, and movement voice measures.
  • Free low and high tech Internet resources.
  • Applying the measures to clinical practice with children and adults.
"The entire course was phenomenal. The presenter did such a great job explaining everything. I had a poor voice course experience in graduate school and felt like I knew absolutely nothing voice related. This 2 hour course taught me more than my whole semester of voice in college did!"

– C.H., prior course participant

The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.

Course Format

Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.

Reviews

"I would highly recommend this course." J.M. (Nov. 2022)

"I liked the course."  E.K. (Oct. 2022)

"I would recommend this course."  J.B. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the ability to pause and replay as well as the slowness of delivery to explain each type of phenomenon measured."  J.M. (Aug. 2022)

"I enjoyed learning about the free tools to use. I liked the hands on practice with wave surfer and Prat."  M.B. (Aug. 2022)

"This course gave me free and affordable ways to collect voice data. I liked the use of available phone apps." J.S. (July 2022)

"I appreciated that both low tech and high tech options for voice evaluation were discussed." C.S. (June 2022)

"I liked how the presenter specified the different roles of the SLP and medical ENT in diagnosis of a voice disorder and treatment thereafter. This is especially helpful for SLPs who work with children in a school setting who many have voice clients but not know if or when to make an MD referral." C.S. (June 2022)

"I liked all the content. Technical and specific." L.L. (June 2022)

"The options for free assessment tools were great. I liked that I could go at my own pace." G.M. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the SIG-3 recommendations for voice assessment, and how to get measuring tools for free!" L.L. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the recommendations for low-cost assessment tools." H.P. (Dec. 2021)

"Offered low tech options for assessment." L.N. (Nov. 2021)

"Very useful links. I liked the low tech measures for voice eval." H.B. (Sept. 2021)

"Thank you for the free online materials! Excellent course. I appreciate the rating scales – helps to capture data more objectively." L.H. (Jul. 2021)

"This online course is very comprehensive and informative. The material was very organized and practical." A.B. (Jun. 2021)

"This course outlines the complexities involved with adults and children who have voice disorders. The comparison and use of both high tech and low tech methods was interesting and practical. The fact that the assessment should be both subjective and objective is very important. The video presentations as part of the voice evaluation were most helpful." A.B. (Jun. 2021)

"I had no idea this much quality info was out there on voice assessment. The information on the recommended procedures from Sig 3 was very helpful as was linking us to so many great sources." C.L. (May 2021)

"I especially appreciate the practical review of concepts the instructor did at the end. This was a welcome bonus - I have viewed many other presentations where there is no review of the information covered and this is very helpful in a two-hour presentation." C.L. (May 2021)

“I liked that it provided step-by-step instructions when utilizing online resources.” A.B. (May 2021)

“The presentation was clear and precise. The handouts were specific and detailed. The presenter provided useful and practical information. They also explained the information well to new learners.” A.C. (Apr. 2021)

“Learning how to use Praat/Wave Surfer to obtain the acoustic measures recommended. A good overview of what's required/recommended for voice evals.” A.H. (Apr. 2021)

“This was fantastic. The in-depth discussion regarding acoustic measures was most beneficial to me.” M.W. (Feb. 2021)

"The entire video was phenomenal. This has been the best online video CEU I’ve completed so far. The presenter did such a great job explaining everything. I had a poor voice course experience in graduate school and felt like I knew absolutely nothing voice related. This 2 hour course taught me more than my whole semester of voice in college did! This course is absolutely perfect as is!" C.H. (Feb. 2021)

"Dr. Grillo did an excellent job of explaining the minimum data set of subjective and objective measures that should be included in a voice evaluation and emphasizing the importance of pre and post therapy data collection that is focused on the patient, not just standard norms. Excellent course!" B.R. (Jan. 2021)

"I found the free and low-tech voice measures to be the most beneficial to me in my daily practice. I really enjoyed the clinical application practice with being able to use the free software suggested." F.C. (Jan. 2021)

"The application of PRAAT software and use of apps to generate acoustic measures was most helpful. I liked the explanation of how to use free resources when expensive instrumentation is not available." K.A. (Jan. 2021)

Course Objectives

    1. Describe low and high tech perceptual, acoustic, aerodynamic, and movement voice measures.
    2. Identify the low and high tech measures that are free and readily available on the Internet.
    3. Apply low and high tech voice measures to clinical practice.

Presenter & Disclosures

Elizabeth U. Grillo, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). After earning a bachelor's of music in voice performance from Indiana University, she pursued a career change to speech-language pathology by earning an M.S. at Teachers College Columbia University and a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Her clinical expertise is in voice disorders and in medical speech-language pathology. Currently, her research related to voice is addressing aerodynamic measures, the Global Voice Prevention and Therapy Model, apps, and telepractice. Her research has been supported by grants at WCU and an R15 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health.  Her work has been disseminated through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, state, and national conferences.  

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Elizabeth Grillo is an employee of West Chester University (WCU); receives a salary. Pilot work of the Global Voice Prevention and Therapy Model (GVTM) was funded by a WCU Faculty Professional Development Grant. Dr. Grillo’s work related to telepractice is funded through the NIDCD, grant number R15DC014566.

Financial — Elizabeth Grillo is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Elizabeth Grillo is the developer of the Global Voice Prevention and Therapy Model (GVPTM). 

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.

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During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

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NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.

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