Voice Quality


Voice QualityWhat is a Voice Disorder?

A voice disorder occurs when the quality of a person’s voice is noticeably different from others their same age and sex.  This abnormality is considered a voice disorder when it draws attention to a person’s manner of speaking.

Voice disorders typically sound abnormal to listeners because they are:

. Harsh
. Hoarse
. Too high or too low
. Too loud or too soft

Voice problems can cause challenging symptoms such as hoarseness, or loss of voice, pain, strain and vocal fatigue. They can lead to career difficulties and social anxiety caused by stereotyping and teasing.

Children and adults can eliminate hoarseness and improve the quality of their voices by reducing their shouting, screaming, throat clearing/coughing or excessively loud talking.

They can learn:

. Excellent vocal hygiene
. Proper breathing
. Relaxation techniques
. Alternate methods of getting attention

How Can We Help?

The specialists at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates are professional speech and language therapists, many with over 25 years of experience in communicative disorders.  Licensed by the state of California as speech-language pathologists, our therapists have also completed advanced training in specific techniques to enhance oral and written communication.  Therapists have been trained to help children with social challenges using Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Curriculum.  To help those with delayed speech development, therapists have taken advanced training in the Talk Tools approach to oral motor therapy and the Cycles approach to phonology.  Having attended the Childhood Apraxia (CASANA) Conference, therapists have been trained to use the Kaufman, Strand and Prompt methodologies, among others, to help those with apraxia of speech.  Therapists have studied the various methodologies recommended to treat children on the autism spectrum including PECS and Floortime.  They are equipped to help nonverbal children using American Sign Language (ASL) and Alternative and Augmentative (AAC) devices.  To facilitate the development of reading and written language development, therapists have attended training programs from coast to coast including post-graduate courses offered by the Landmark School of Education, the Wilson Reading System (based on Orton Gillingham) and the complete range of programs developed by Lindamood Bell including LIPS, Visualizing and Verbalizing, On Cloud 9 Math and Seeing Stars.  Therapists have also been certified by the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) to diagnose and treat breathing and swallowing problems related to unhealthy oral resting postures, sucking habits and tongue thrust.

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