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Practical Voice Therapy Part A - Clinical Examination

presented by Robert Grider

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This course, by Robert Grider, MS, CCC-SLP, incorporates ideas and strategies to help the busy clinical speech language pathologist effectively treat voice problems. The course focuses on manual assessment and vocal tract shaping strategies using speech sound production tasks. Concepts pertaining to the initial client interview, and a detailed examination of areas related to voice will be presented and demonstrated through a patient case study.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Robert Grider, MS, CCC-SLP

    Robert Grider has been a medical speech pathologist in private practice for over 25 years. He holds a masters degree in speech pathology from Eastern Illinois University, and has pursued an avocational study in areas of brain science, learning science, behavior and muscle function. He holds certification in speech pathology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, license for speech pathology in the state of Minnesota, membership in Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association, and membership in the International Association of Orofacial Myology. He also participates with his voice colleagues in the Minnesota Voice Colloquium.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Client Interview and Observation of the Body Landscape

    1. Client Interview and Observation of the Body Landscape

    Develop strategies to allow clients to lead the description of the voice problems and specific problem areas as a part of the voice evaluation. Utilize what is seen and what is felt to evaluate the overall voice landscape.

  2. Examination of Areas Related to Voice, Part 1

    2. Examination of Areas Related to Voice, Part 1

    Assess the oral facial landscape for problems that may be affecting the client’s ability to shape the vocal tract for their voice production, including the lips, mandible, tongue, hard and soft palates, and the teeth.

  3. Examination of Areas Relating to Voice, Part 2

    3. Examination of Areas Relating to Voice, Part 2

    Assess areas and structures relating to voice, including the neck, tongue, shoulders, and rib cage.

  4. Conclusions - Overall Physical Appearance

    4. Conclusions - Overall Physical Appearance

    Discuss softening the view of the voice landscape at the end of the evaluation, and identify opportunities to extract more detail and insights from the client.