When speaking is hindered by involuntary repetition, prolonged speech sounds or abnormal stops that disrupt communication, voice therapy can help facilitate more fluent and natural speech. Treatment focuses on behavioral skills that teach patients to control the rate at which they speak and to implement breathing techniques.
Voice disorders can have a variety of causes and require unique treatment plans that address the root issue. From environmental irritants to vocal cord injury and growths, voice therapy can address improving pitch, loudness and quality, helping to resolve a voice disorder. A course of voice therapy is often prescribed and successful in avoiding surgical intervention. Additionally, a vocal hygiene program is developed during treatment to restore normalcy and to prevent future relapse.