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Practical Voice Therapy Part D - Changing Breathing Patterns

presented by Robert Grider

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Resting state breathing, which occurs most of the time, is modest in effort and happens largely passively. Clients who present with voice disorders or problems frequently have difficulty with this light and easy process. In this course, by Robert Grider, MS, CCC-SLP, the participant will explore practical information that can be given to the client to help understand what is wrong, and how to change problematic breathing behaviors. Specific exercises to improve breathing function for voice production will be discussed and demonstrated.

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. Breathing Mechanisms & Structures

    1. Breathing Mechanisms & Structures

    Develop skills to help the client feel the more “passive” nature of breathing. Discuss the structure of the diaphragm and it’s involvement with breathing. Develop an appreciation of the other muscle structures that are involved in the breathing processes. Develop an appreciation that breathing for sports and physical exertion will be different from the breathing for speech and different from the breathing for singing.

  2. Exercises to Improve Breathing for Voice

    2. Exercises to Improve Breathing for Voice

    Develop strategies for using the client’s body posture to begin the process of changing the breathing patterns. Demonstrate four specific exercises that help the client experience breathing changes to add to the participant’s toolkit for voice therapy.