Voice Therapy for a Range of Vocal Disorders
Voice disorders can result from a variety of medical causes, including vocal cord lesions or muscle tension. Our specialists first consult with you and your otolaryngologist about your specific symptoms and medical history. You will then receive a comprehensive assessment that examines breathing, voicing, and speech habits that may be contributing to your voice difficulties.
This plan of care is approved by you and your physician before moving forward and is perfect for voiceover actors, singers, and professionals like attorneys, executives, and teachers. Treatment usually requires at least 2-4 sessions, though some individuals benefit from additional sessions.
For information about Voice Disorders, we recommend this publication from The American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “The Behavioral Voice-Lift”.
Voice Therapy for Age-related Vocal Changes
Age-related voice changes are not uncommon. Underlying medical causes could be causing these changes and can be helped by therapy. Our therapists can help you regain and retain functionality by using exercise physiology, motor learning, and neuroplasticity in your therapy. Like all voice therapy plans offered at Open Lines, your voice therapy is customized for your needs and approved by you.
Voice and Swallowing Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer Patients
Open Lines’ Executive Director has worked and conducted research for several years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. We recognize that Swallowing Problems (Dysphagia) after head and neck cancer can also affect voice performance. We offer evaluation, counseling, and voice therapy services to patients either during treatment or post-treatment and develop individualized plans to minimize the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Please see your physician before beginning treatment. A video stroboscopic assessment must be performed prior to your evaluation.
Transgender Voice Therapy
Voice is one of the primary hallmarks of gender. In most cases, a person can determine another person’s gender simply by hearing them speak. Because male and female voices have different fundamental frequency ranges, no gender transition is complete without addressing changes in voicing.
Open Lines offers specialized voice therapy for transgender individuals. Unlike a voice coach, a licensed Speech Language Pathologist has vital medical knowledge about how the vocal folds function and has mastered clinical skills unavailable to a mere voice coach. Our clinical expertise allows for outstanding results in voice transition.
Whether you are just beginning your transition or completed your transition long ago, we can help you complete your voice transition without drugs or surgery. For members of the transgender community who are not ready to make a full transition, we can help train you to alter your voice at will.
Our transgender voice therapy program is customized to each individual and utilizes evidence-based therapy practices to achieve exceptional results in a relatively short timeframe.
LSVT LOUD® for Parkinson’s Disease
LSVT LOUD® is a clinically effective means of improving vocal quality, loudness level, and overall communication in people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurogenic speech disorders. The Open Lines LSVT LOUD® program is overseen by one of only eight certified trainers of Lee Silverman Voice Therapy method in the world.
The program begins with one-on-one speech-motor and voice evaluations. Each participant then attends 16, highly structured program sessions over a single month (1 hour per day, 4 days per week). Goals and objectives are individualized to each participant’s needs.
Find Your Unique Voice Therapy Plan Today
Don’t put your life on hold because of any vocal disorder. For more information about the various voice therapies we offer, please call us at 212-430-6800 or email today.