On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, we hosted Carol K. Krusemark, M.A., CCC-SLP, a speech pathologist/singing voice specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation (the “Voice Center”) to present a Continuing Education workshop titled, “Practical Strategies for Treatment of Common Voice Disorders”. As a vocalist and former singing voice teacher, Carol brought her understanding of voice terminology and techniques from her work with vocalists, as well as, her medical speech pathology background to help us better understanding vocal function.
The presentation slides were available as handouts which allowed participants the opportunity to write notes for future references.
The goals of the workshop included:
1. Name and demonstrate at least three semi-occluded vocal tract tasks, their effect on laryngeal physiology, and their use.
2. Identify and demonstrate two to three strategies to reduce posterior glottic gap and resultant breathy production.
3. Identify the following bony, cartilaginous, and muscular structures associated with laryngeal function via palpation.
4. Demonstrate basic circumlaryngeal massage.
Given the small classroom setting, participants had the opportunity to practice a number of hands-on exercises with the presenter.
Communicative Health Care Associates is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. We host a number of different programs from June through October each year in our Waltham, MA office. Check What’s New for details. The next program will be held on September 19th, 2012 and October 17th, 2012. Contact us at [email protected] if you would like to receive updates on our future continuing education workshops.