Voice Evaluation Materials - Kit Roberts Johnson

Voice Evaluation Materials

After studying with a few experts in vocal disorders, I developed a series of exercises that made my client’s voice problems easy to correct. It all started with a thorough evaluation. In this post, I’m sharing three documents that I relied on for the voice evaluation process. The first document was given to me by Daniel Martin, PhD, SLP-CCC. I brought him to my clinic in Anchorage to train me, my contractors, and any other SLPs interested in learning about voice therapy. I modified the last page of it to document a variety of vocal measurements that I took during the evaluation. This is the most complete voice evaluation I had ever seen up to that time.

Voice Evaluation.

The assessment relied on this next page. It contains the standard “Rainbow Passage,” which was used to record the client during his or her evaluation. This page is given to the client to read and follow along with the instructions given by the SLP. During this time, I evaluated habitual pitch, optimum pitch, pitch range, volume for speech and yelling, breath support. hard/soft glottal attack, glottal fry, glottal spasming, ability to sustain a tone, laryngeal rise, and s/z ratio.


The third document for voice evaluation asks the clients to assess themselves. This Self-Evaluation form came from Dr. Morton Cooper, PhD, SLP-CCC, a famous SLP, who among other things, directed the SLP clinic at UCLA for several years, developed protocols treating fluency disorders, spasmodic dysphonia, and common voice disorders all using the same methods. I have searched every source to get permission to post his self-evaluation, but every lead led me to a dead end. If anyone knows how to contact Dr. Cooper or his estate, so that I can get permission, please let me know. This was given to me when I flew to Los Angeles to take his vocal disorders training workshop in 1990. I found his methods to be effective, fast, and easy to teach. I continue to use them on myself today. On question #27, you must ask the client permission to touch their throat and to tell you if anything feels sore. Then, you palpate the laryngeal horns and ask them if one side feels more sore than the other. This indicates the side of the laryngeal structures that are hypercontracted, or there is a nodule or polyp, for example.

Voice Self-Evaluation


Please feel free to contact me with your questions on how to administer these evaluations. Additionally, if you would like a Word doc., let me know and I’ll email it to you.

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