Voice Evaluation Report and Treatment Materials - Kit Roberts Johnson

Voice Evaluation Report and Treatment Materials

Voice Evaluation and Treatment

This post completes the vocal therapy handouts. They are listed in the order you would use them. I’m not adding pages of paragraphs or lists of questions to use for conversational speech. Those items are readily available.  Of course, you would begin with having the client say their name, address, date of birth, where they were born, the days of the week, the months of the year; etc., all the automatic speech before proceeding to anything more difficult. If they can’t speak with a normal voice with automatic speech, revisit all the exercises necessary before proceeding.

This document is an in-depth look at how to evaluate and treat a person with a voice disorder. The documents referred to in this PDF are in the previous post.

Voice Protocol PDF for Website

Voice Evaluation Report

Now that you have completed the evaluation of a client with a voice disorder, you must write a report. Here is an example of a voice report with what you might write in each section. You would have to change it for each individual client. The section with all of the symptoms identified by the patient needs to be culled. Erase whatever they didn’t identify on the Patient Checklist. What remains will be their initial symptoms. These will be re-visited at discharge to make sure they have all been eliminated.

VOICE EVALUATION REPORT PDF Website

Initial Voice Exercises

The exercises you will introduce to your client are listed below in the order to use them.

Chewing Exercise PDF Website

Bellows Breathing PDF Website

Increasing Diaphragmatic Breathing PDF Website

Facial Mask Focus

The next several pages are designed to establish facial-mask focus. Begin by showing your client the picture of the lower throat, the middle throat and the upper throat as you point to the laryngo-pharynx, the oro-pharynx, and the naso-pharynx. Point to the circle of the facial mask and tell him that the voice should be projected up and out between the chin and the eyebrows. We don’t want the voice to be in the basement. Instead, we want the strongest voice to be up and out as you point to the megaphone picture. Emphasize where the voice should be projected.

FacialMask

MegaphoneVoice

Establishing Correct Voice

If your client’s voice is too low, and you need to raise it, start with the Low Voice vowels and sentences first. If your client is too nasal or their voice is too high, start with the high-voice vowels and sentences.

Watch Words

LOW VOICE VOWELS PDF Website

LOW VOICE SENTENCES PDF Website

HIGH VOICE VOWELS 1 PDF Website

HIGH VOICE VOWELS 2 PDF

HIGH VOICE SENTENCES PDF Website

Advanced Vocal Exercises and Exercises for Singers

Use the following document on your last session. Make sure to emphasize abdominal breathing and a lower pitch for yelling. Start by demonstrating “ha ha ha.” Then give the example “Hey you!” keeping your voice on, jaw relaxed, throat open, and the abdominal muscles working on the exhalation. Re-emphasize chewing if the client has a hypercontracted sound in their voice.

ADVANCED VOICE EXERCISES PDF

As usual, if you have questions or want a document of any of the above, contact me at kit@kitrobertsjohnson.com


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