Voice Therapy Program
Our speech therapy team provides evaluation and treatment of a variety of voice disorders. Voice therapy provides individuals with voice disorders training on ways to change their vocal behaviors to heal their vocal cords.
Voice disorders can impact the quality, pitch, or loudness of voice production. Those with voice disorders may sound strained, hoarse, or weak. Voice therapy can help individuals recover their voices from training on voice strengthening exercises by a speech therapist.
Some therapists on our staff have a background in the performing arts to help target specific goals related to the singing voice for musicians with vocal pathologies (e.g. vocal fatigue, muscle tension dysphonia, vocal nodules, etc). We also offer voice therapy for individuals who are transgender and may benefit from gender-affirming voice therapy.
Voice Therapies Offered:
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT LOUD®) trains individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological conditions to use their voices at a more normal loudness level when speaking at home, work, or in the community.
SPEAK OUT!, which was developed by The Parkinson’s Voice Project, targets vocal strengthening exercises and trains individuals with PD to transition automatic functions to intentional acts. With “INTENT”, speaking, swallowing, walking, writing, and other motor movements can improve as well.
Myofascial Release (MFR) for voice and swallowing disorders is a form of manual therapy that involves applying gentle and sustained pressure into the fascial tissue (i.e., connective tissue) to eliminate pain and improve range of motion.
Phonation Resistance Training Exercises (PhoRTE) is voice therapy for pathologic age-related voice changes (i.e., presbyphonia) that occur in older adults. PhoRTE uses high intensity vocal exercise to systematically rehabilitate the vocal mechanism and improve vocal endurance.
Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT) and Casper-Stone Confidential Flow Therapy (CSCFT) are voice therapy programs developed with the goal to improve overall vocal quality, have a stronger voice, and to help prevent future injury. This is completed through a focus on voice care, a series of exercises with use of resonant voice, directing attention to sensory information in voice production, and facilitating the ability to use resonant voicing outside of the therapy room.
Voice therapy is offered at the following locations: