Presenter: Chris Gaskill, MM, PhD, CCC-SLP
– S.D., prior course participant
This course is centered around the concept of “Best Voice with the Least Effort”. It was designed for SLPs with the following levels of voice management experience: new clinicians who need additional training on the fundamental principles of voice management; clinicians who infrequently see voice clients; and for experienced clinicians who never received intensive training on managing voice disorders.
Throughout the presentation, the author includes videos and demonstrations to explain the concepts and techniques discussed. After completing this course participants will have acquired an understanding of the science behind voice production and a rationale for selecting specific treatments for voice disorders.
Offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs – 4 contact hours.
– E.S., 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.
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.
"I liked the clear review on the function of the voice and practical clinical tools." D.L. (Sep. 2023)
"Interesting and easy to follow lecture for this specific information." J.T. (Sep. 2023)
"I found the straw and cup techniques helpful. I really enjoyed the refresher on vocal production and updated information on vocal care." S.Q. (Sep. 2023)
"SOVT therapy and straw and cup phonation exercises were helpful. The instructor presents the material in a very accessible way." J.K. (Aug. 2023)
"I loved his speaking style, the examples given, and the SOVT information." K.B. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked the demonstrations of the SOVT and cup phonation exercises. SOVT and care of our voice were beneficial to discuss." A.J. (Jul. 2023)
"This was all very good information that I will implement." T.S. (May 2023)
"Knowing how to implement SOVT techniques, including straw phonation with and without water resistance as well as cup phonation was beneficial. When presenter explained topics, he did so clearly with an excellent balance of "remember this from graduate school" and "this may be new information". He was one of the best online speakers I have taken classes under, given his rate of delivery, details provided, and blend of targeted information for experienced and new clinicians." J.M. (May 2023)
"All topics were great. Very informative course." P.B. (Apr. 2023)
"Wonderful overview. Information on both theory and therapy was most interesting. All of the sections were great." S.H. (Apr. 2023)
"The presenter was clearly very knowledgeable, and everything was quite easy to understand. I liked hearing real voice samples. The topic of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises and the progression from most occluded to least occluded was beneficial." C.V. (Mar. 2023)
"Good information. The presenter was easy to follow." B.M. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the review of anatomy and physiology, SOVT, and vocal hygiene myths/realities. Liked the presenter's thoroughness and expertise. Cited current research. Course laid out well." M.W. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the videos, demonstrations, and focus on therapy skills. And the SOVT hierarchy." B.R. (Feb. 2023)
"Basis of phonation and rationale for exercises. I liked the comprehensiveness of course." M.G. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the demonstrations of the techniques." T.L. (Feb. 2023)
"Discussion of SOVT was beneficial. I liked the way the speaker presented his information." A.J. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the overview of SOVT and vocal maintenance myths debunked. Clear instruction for inexperienced voice clinician, great examples, achievable action points to begin therapy confidently." T.C. (Jan. 2023)
"Treatment techniques were beneficial. I liked the demonstration of therapy techniques." S.W. (Jan. 2023)
"I really liked the visual demonstrations." C.O. (Jan. 2023)
"Everything was really useful and especially the very practical examples of techniques. This course was so interesting. I loved it all." S.G. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the vocal hygiene myths/realities. Therapy interventions were beneficial." A.P. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning what does and does not appear to affect the voice. I liked the format and the visuals." J.S. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the treatment techniques and anatomy review." C.G. (Dec. 2022)
"I needed a refresher on voice for my knowledge and also for helping treat voice patients in my inpatient setting. I need treatment options that are EB. The presenter and his examples during the course including videos and charts - really helped with my understanding." S.S. (Dec. 2022)
"Interesting presentation; good examples. I liked the discussion of SOVT and vocal hygiene." J.S. (Dec. 2022)
"Intervention and caring for the vocal instrument. I liked the demonstration of intervention techniques and citing best practices and current research." L.B. (Nov. 2022)
"Such a great review of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract! I appreciated revisiting the "old myths" and revising my narrative around them. I loved the creative visuals and examples of different vocal styles and uses. The instructor was clearly very knowledgeable." J.K. (Nov. 2022)
"This presentation and the presenter were excellent!! Actual samples of therapy and reference to other therapy options." K.G. (Nov. 2022)
"New treatments and demonstrations of techniques. Good pacing, depth of knowledge of the instructor." P.L. (Nov. 2022)
"Gave me a great review of vocal physiology and new sources for greater therapeutic choices. The ability to pause and review as needed was nice." L.M. (Nov. 2022)
"The video demonstrations on SOVT were beneficial." V.B. (Nov. 2022)
"It is very convenient and I can watch the videos on my own time. I liked the therapy and voice analysis." N.R. (Nov. 2022)
"The presenter is very easy to follow. Good mix of format and layout of content." G.S. (Nov. 2022)
"I appreciated the practical treatment demonstrations and the ways that Chris tied objective data to treatment decisions. It was a good review and update to my voice treatment skill set." S.J. (Nov. 2022)
"Good review of voice anatomy. I liked the SOVT exercises." M.K. (Oct. 2022)
"I'm a semi-professional singer (high soprano) and this information was really excellent and I will put it into immediate use. Chris's presentation was straightforward with good content and very helpful graphics. Thanks for the education Chris! He is a natural teacher." E.B. (Oct. 2022)
"The demonstrations and illustrations were excellent. I liked the discussion about pitch and SOVT techniques. Speaker spoke clearly and slowly enough to take notes." L.H. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the application of voice therapy techniques because I can use these immediately. Cup phonation was a new concept for me. It seems like a beneficial transition step that will really help patients to apply SOVT to actual conversation." T.C. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the specific examples of SOVT (demonstrations) along with current information re: vocal hygiene." M.B. (Sept. 2022)
"The SOVT info was great. I use that technique but needed to know more about it." M.B. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked that this course was practical and can apply to treatment. I liked the sections on SOVT and vocal health maintenance." K.P. (Aug. 2022)
"I enjoyed all the refreshers and updated evidence based information on caring for the vocal instrument." H.K. (Aug. 2022)
"Great presentation!" M.C. (July 2022)
"The format and flow of the course were good." E.I. (July 2022)
"Good explanation of semi-occluded techniques to use. Great presentation style and information provided." E.S. (June 2022)
"Very clearly presented. Practical, evidence based treatment options." S.D. (June 2022)
"Great review for an oldie like me and the information presented can easily be described to clients." C.R. (June 2022)
"New therapy techniques that I can try, and also dispelling myths we thought were correct." L.S. (June 2022)
"Great information and instructions." C.B. (June 2022)
"Practical information; therapy demo; excellent organization of the course. I liked the SOVT techniques, breakdown of how to change vocal quality (source/filter), vocal register discussion (muscles used), the concept of daily dose... ALL of it, really!" L.A. (May 2022)
"I liked the SOVT techniques, speech science review, and the fun examples." R.M. (May 2022)
"Loved the demonstrations for therapy practice. I learned a lot about a topic that is difficult for me." R.G. (May 2022)
"Discussing therapy techniques for voice impairments such as a paralyzed vocal fold will be beneficial to my practice. I liked the examples and visuals to help clarify information." L.M. (Apr. 2022)
"The instructor was both informative and interesting and related topics to everyday practice." R.P. (Mar. 2022)
"Very thorough, visuals and audio examples." C.P. (Feb. 2022)
"The review of anatomy was a nice introduction, and the most recent therapy techniques that are used to obtain patient participation in therapeutic activities were demonstrated very effectively." J.B. (Feb. 2022)
"Clear and concise presentation of knowledge with great demonstrations! The content was excellent and presented in a user-friendly method!" M.M. (Feb. 2022)
"Presenter was very knowledgeable and gave good demonstrations." C.M. (Jan. 2022)
"The presenter offered clear examples of treatment techniques." A.C. (Jan. 2022)
"The instructor gave a very good overview and description of many aspects of voice and voice therapy. I enjoy having a fresh understanding of the voice so I will be ready when working with patients with voice problems. The handouts were informative and will serve as a good resource. I am glad he talked about the aging voice!" K.S. (Jan. 2022)
"I will utilize the vocal hygiene recommendations for my therapy sessions. I appreciated a thorough refresher in anatomy and physiology of the larynx prior to the additional material provided." L.M. (Dec. 2021)
"Really excellent presenter with good handouts. Loved the explanation of the physics and rationale for all recommendations. Loved the range of practical advice - very thorough and helpful." E.S. (Dec. 2021)
"Dr. Gaskell did an amazing job presenting the course material with multiple modes of explanation." J.C. (Dec. 2021)
"The analogies helped me understand physics involved. I also liked the examples and videos." M.T. (Nov. 2021)
"The instructor was able to explain complex concepts in a way that was easy to understand- I loved all the analogies he used, helped the concepts to stick better." K.W. (Nov. 2021)
"The presenter was very knowledgeable and used demonstrations to convey his points." C.E. (Nov. 2021)
"I liked the practical examples employed by the instructor that helped me to better understand concepts being taught." L.B. (Nov. 2021)
"The review of anatomy and physiology review of vocal maintenance discussion of vocal maintenance myths/updates was beneficial for my daily practice. The speaker was very clear and confident." S.L. (Oct. 2021)
"The basic information presented re: voice was beneficial. I liked the overall reminder of vocal parameters." D.H-G (Sept. 2021)
"I specifically will utilize the suggestions for caring for vocal folds and vocal health maintenance. I appreciated the visual charts and films used to describe various aspects of the vocal tract and techniques." K.D. (Aug. 2021)
"The discussion of SOVT techniques and description of hierarchy of SOVT outline were very good." S.H. (Aug. 2021)
"Semi occluded vocal tract exercises and review of how to produce voice were good." C.P. (Aug. 2021)
"The review of physiology was helpful as was the content about caring for one's voice. I also enjoyed the SOVT demonstrations. The presenter's pacing was good and I like how he related concepts to other background knowledge (e.g., Bernoulli effect)." J.K. (Aug. 2021)
"Every area was important, but the treatment methods and explanation as to how and why they work was just as important due to the physics behind them. I liked the mix of theoretical and practical information on voice production, treatment, and vocal hygiene. The videos of the artificial larynx with sound maker was so amazing that I showed them to my 18 year old daughter, who will be majoring in medical laboratory sciences when she goes to college this fall. The presenter had a good mix of quantitative and practical experience to share." E.F. (Aug. 2021)
"Specific SOVT exercises and discussion regarding facts/myths of vocal care are beneficial for my practice." D.B. (July 2021)
"All segments were very beneficial especially the examples of voice therapy techniques." M.H. (July 2021)
"The very clear explanations of A& P a with analogies, demonstrations, and videos, as well as the explanations and demonstrations of training hierarchy will be beneficial for my daily practice. Very clear instruction. Wish I had had such good teaching in my graduate voice class! I appreciate information bout vocal dosimeter and other current assessment and treatment tools." E.L. (July 2021)
"Therapy Techniques and the age old arguments about caffeine, carbonation etc. were good for my practice. I liked that I could do it when I had time. I loved his use of videos and examples. It was also helpful that he is a trained singer." R.VN (July 2021)
"SOVT explanation and suggested exercises are beneficial for my practice. I enjoyed the ease of access, presenter did a very good job." G.M. (July 2021)
Chris Gaskill, MM, PhD, CCC-SLP, has been a licensed speech-language pathologist for 23 years and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. His clinical specialty is vocology, or the science of vocal training and therapy. He has a B.A. in physics from Rhodes College, an M.M. in choral conducting from Emory University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from The University of Tennessee.
He is currently a consulting voice scientist for Southeastern Biocommunication Associates. He previously spent 13 years in academia, holding professorships at both The University of Alabama and The University of Montevallo. Dr. Gaskill has published articles in Journal of Voice and Journal of Singing on the topics of semi-occluded vocal tract voice therapy techniques and the use of vocal dosimetry.
Financial — Chris Gaskill is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Chris Gaskill is a consulting scientist for Southeastern Biocommunication Associates, LLC; receives consulting fees
Nonfinancial — Chris Gaskill has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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