VOICE THERAPY FOR VOICE PROFESSIONALS
LEADERSHIP REQUIRES FINDING YOUR VOICE POTENTIAL
Many occupations can have challenges that place their health at risk, whilst as teachers and professional voice users you need to carefully manage your voice to maintain a career for vocal longevity. Your voice is often required at all times whether in providing a lesson, projecting over noise, projecting in the playground or in discussions with your students. An injury can greatly impact on your career and derail students curriculum placing greater stress on the responsibility for the teachers in their leadership role.
As a professional athlete – whether a teacher, a singer, a sports coach or lecturer- training in voice is just as valuable as training in other skills necessary for your career. Learning to care for your voice is essential but learning specialised skills to use the vocal apparatus for the specific requirement of the job is beneficial to avoid injury and to maximise your potential function in what you use your voice for.
What to look our for?
Vocal strain, husky-hoarseness, excessive breathy quality in your talking voice and loss of vocal power when projecting your voice are all signs of inefficiency or even vocal damage or injury that can take away from your capability to undertake your role as an instructor, a teacher or in leadership in your professional role.
|Speech Pathologists with BOTH the specialisation of knowledge in voice science and specialised skill in providing therapy can be part of your team to success whether you are needing to rehabilitate from a vocal injury or just develop to a level of vocal excellence in your career.
Your speech pathologist works within a medical team that usually includes an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon who is able to provide assessment for the medical health of your laryngeal structures. Some professionals may also have a vocal coach for singing and acting as part of their voice team. The Speech Pathologist works in with your team to develop the most suitable plan of therapy and medical intervention for your circumstance or condition.
An medical assessment of your voice is recommended prior to meeting your Speech Pathologist to evaluate the presence of disease or vocal pathology (eg. vocal nodules, oedema, haemorrhage and polyps) requiring medical involvement. In some instances, the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist may undertake a nasendo-laryngoscopic evaluation where a camera connected to a tube is inserted down to the vocal folds to assess your vocal health. It is useful for a Speech Pathologist to be present during this assessment to undertake a functional vocal movement assessment to evaluate how you specifically use your laryngeal structures to create voice. This is useful information in developing a suitable voice therapy program.
|Professional workplace legislation is also in place to assess and support the rehabilitation of vocal injuries that are deemed to be caused by the individuals impact of the workplace and their work role.
You will need to be assessed to determine whether you fit the
Workplaces who invest in professional training for for their employees reduce the risk of Workcover claims and also loss of valuable employees time on the floor. This is especially so when the employee holds a specialisation in their industry group, such as drama teacher, PE teachers, team coaches and subject -specialty teachers.
Speak with your school human resource team if you have concerns about your voice….as early intervention can avoid vocal pathology developing and even save a career in many instances.
You will need to discuss this with your general practitioner who can refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for your first step in this process to recovery after a vocal injury has developed.