Who we see
Assessment and therapy for professional and non professional voice users including teachers, lawyers, mothers and parents, real estate agents, business owners, singers, telephone/call centre workers, coaches and more. Commonly seen are those with muscle tension dysphonia, nodules, cysts, polyps, vocal fold paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia, neurological disease such as Parkinsons disease and other pathologies.
Assistance and advice also offered pre and post vocal fold surgery and with transgender voice training.
People requiring voice therapy may be experiencing:
- changes to the sound of their voice; lack of control in pitch, volume or projection of voice
- changes to their throat or throat discomfort
- chronic coughing or throat clearing
- difficulties using their voice as they normally would
Speech & Language therapists specialising in voice provide intervention and a management program to help improve the health and function of your larynx (voice box).
Airways / Laryngeal function
Assessment and intervention for individuals experiencing chronic cough or throat clearing, Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement (PVFM), irritable larynx syndrome
In most cases, it is essential for an Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor / Otolaryngologist (or relevant specialist e.g. Respiratory Physician, Paediatrician) to have examined your larynx prior to Speech Therapy assessment to guide treatment and ensure the best possible outcomes.
While paediatric clients are seen for voice and airways disorders, this is not a service for children experiencing language or articulation difficulties. Please see the NZSTA website for therapists specialising in this field.