Best Voice With The Least Effort: Understanding The Voice And Principles Of Management

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0.4 ASHA CEUs

$79.00


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Description

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.

  • In Section 1, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the physiology and acoustics of the vocal mechanism. Discussed will be how specific movements of the vocal cords create and modify pitch, loudness, voice quality and resonance.
  • Section 2 covers treatments for voice disorders and will focus on Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract (SOVT) techniques, as research has indicated these techniques can improve the voice in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Section 3 will explain how to care for the vocal instrument. Emphasized in this section will be testing for and managing vocal cord inflammation as a means to prevent and rehabilitate from vocal injury. Voice care myths will be addressed and a framework for comprehensive voice care will be introduced.

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.

Run Time 4:04:38

Section 1 (1:31:09)

  • Physics of vocal fold vibration
  • Production of self-sustained vocal fold vibration
  • Overview of human vocal pitch
  • Pitch change mechanism
  • Vocal loudness changes and vocal fold consequences
  • Vowel formation
  • Source and filter effects on vocal quality
  • Vocal registers
  • Demonstration of concepts with acoustic voice analysis
  • Video MRI demonstration of vocal quality changes

 

Section 2 (57:34)

  • Definition of a semi-occluded vocal tract (SOVT)
  • Physiology and physics of a SOVT
  • Potential SOVT benefits
  • Common SOVT techniques
  • Demonstrations:
    • Straw phonation
    • Cup phonation
    • A SOVT practice hierarchy

 

 Section 3 (1:35:55)

  • Common substances and their effect on vocal health and symptoms
  • All about vocal fold hydration
  • Reflux and the voice
  • Using corticosteroids to treat hoarseness
  • The effects of whispering, glottal fry and throat clearing on vocal health
  • An assessment of the safety of belting
  • Vocal fold injury in the news: why?
  • The concept of the vocal athlete and a paradigm for preventing and rehabilitating vocal injury
  • Review of phonation physiology
  • Pathophysiology of vocal fold injury
  • Vocal fold inflammation and its prevention
  • The effects of vocal fold scar on phonation
  • Voice injury triage and whether to use steroids
  • The concept of vocal dose and its management
  • Vocal fold surgery examples
  • Managing vocal fold aging

 

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.

Course Objectives

Section 1

  1. Describe how vocal folds maintain self-sustained vibration.
  2. Describe how vocal pitch and loudness are changed.
  3. Describe the acoustic formation of vowels.
  4. Describe the changes in voice quality achieved by the source and the filter.

Section 2

  1. Define a semi-occluded vocal tract and describe its basic physiology and acoustic properties.
  2. Describe the potential benefits of voice therapy with a semi-occluded vocal tract.
  3. Show basic semi-occluded vocal tract techniques and describe their effects on voice production.

Section 3

  1. Summarize the potential effects of different substances and behaviors on the health of the vocal mechanism.
  2. Describe a paradigm for the prevention and rehabilitation of vocal injury.
  3. Describe the role of inflammation in the development of vocal fold injury and how to monitor and manage it.
  4. Describe the benefits of monitoring vocal dose for vocal injury prevention.
  5. Describe the role and benefits of treatments such as surgery, steroids and direct voice rehabilitation in voice care.

Presenter & Disclosures

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.

Speaker Disclosures:

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.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

This program is offered for 0.4 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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However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.

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Certificate of Completion:

On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.

ASHA CE Registry Submission:

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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Number of CEUs offered:

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State licensing boards and online CEUs:

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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