Speech Therapy for people with Parkinson's Disease
I thoroughly enjoy helping people with Parkinson’s Disease to discover and use their louder and clearer voice.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) is an intensive evidenced based speech therapy program that makes a huge difference to peoples lives.
Voice therapy sessions times are 4 times a week for 4 weeks and can be carried out via Skype or face to face.
The dramatic improvement in peoples communication and overall confidence makes it well worth the commitment.
Speech therapy for people who have voice difficulties
People have concerns about their voice for many different reasons and it may be due to an underlying pathology, such as vocal fold nodules or because of vocal misuse, such as muscle tension.
I work with a variety of people from professional voice users such as teachers to people suffering voice changes following an illness to people wanting to find out how to use their voice to their full potential.
During the first session I carry out a detailed history and voice assessment and determine if voice therapy is required. If so, people will need to have an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) examination as recommended in our Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy guidelines.
I enjoy helping people to regain vocal control and confidence in using their voice again.
Speech therapy for people who are transgender
I have over 10 years experience in working with trans women. Voice therapy is an essential part of someones transition and can be started at any point in the person's journey: some people prefer to work on their new voice early on in their transition and others prefer to wait until they have started hormone treatment.
I use the Christella Antoni voice skills program to teach people the specific voice skills needed to feminise their voice. The voice therapy program has taken over 20 years of clinical practice to develop and establish and is a clear and structured therapy approach that I and my clients enjoy following. http://www.christellaantoni.co.uk
All speech therapy requires a commitment from both the speech and language therapist and the client themselves. I always give people specific exercises to carryout in between sessions.
Home practice happens every time you speak!