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Limbering on ‘h’

Instructions This is a standard precursory exercise for introducing the concept of easy onset. Identifying vibrations of the vocal cords You have already introduced the clients to the vowels. If you have not already done so, ask them to place a hand on their voice box and say…

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Yawn-Sigh into Vowels

Instructions The focus of this ‘yawn-sigh’ exercise is to help clients phonate without deliberately forcing or pushing the voice. Clients should be encouraged to identify for themselves the relaxed, easy phonation and the absence of any resistance or blocks to producing voice. They can be reminded that the…

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Guide to Vowels

Instructions This is a reference sheet to remind the client what the vowels used in this second session, and in the third session, sound like. The vowels are represented orthographically for clients as follows. orthographic representation IPA symbol oo u oh oʊ[1] aw ɔ ah ɑ…

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Head and Neck Exercises

Note All head and neck exercises should be carried out gently. If you experience any pain or discomfort when doing these exercises, stop immediately and consult your speech-language pathologist or physician. [These exercises are helpful in a number of speech-language therapy interventions, so they…

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VOICE PACK 2: DESCRIPTION

Contents of Voice Pack 2 Head and Neck Exercises Guide to Vowels Yawn-Sigh into Vowels Limbering on ‘h’ Limbering on ‘m’ Easy Onset (words/phrases/utterances) Aims The aims of the second session are: To demonstrate some exercises to reduce any aches and pains…

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Homework (Voice Pack 1)

Instructions Clients should be encouraged to practice a little every day rather than, say, waiting until the end of the week and practicing for two hours. They should be reminded that the goal is for them to make these techniques a habit in everyday situations and,…

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Relaxation Audio (optional)

Experience has shown that some form of guided relaxation can be helpful for people with functional dysphonia, especially if practiced regularly. It is, therefore, recommended that clients be given access to an audio file (e.g. CD, downloadable MP3, relaxation app, YouTube link) that they can use…

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Lifestyle and Vocal Behaviors

Instructions This section focuses on vocal misuse and abuse. However, it is recommended that these terms are not used with clients. The terms misuse and abuse may have derogatory connotations and may be interpreted as inferring that a client’s vocal behaviors are in some way willful/intentional. Consequently, to…

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