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The Source for Voice Disorders: Adolescent & Adult

The Source for Voice Disorders: Adolescent & Adult
Sandra Kasper Schwartz
East Moline: Linguisystems, Inc., 2004
RF510 .S33 2004

The field of speech-language pathology is rapidly evolving into a diverse profession with sub-specialties in many areas of education and rehabilitation. This trend is highlighted by the institution of ASHA's special interest divisions and the current trends toward specialty recognition. Over the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the involvement of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the evaluation and treatment of voice disorders. Collaboration between ENT physicians and SLPs is now the gold standard of care for patients presenting with a wide variety of conditions that may affect the voice.

As this trend develops, many SLPs are obtaining continuing education to gain current knowledge in a rapidly chamging field. It is vital that we have a working knowledge of disorders and pathologies that we are now being asked to treat. This "working knowledge" calls upon our ability to incorporate anatomy, neurology, speechscience , and voice training.

There are many current texts in the area of evaluation and treatment of voice; however, there are few available resources for treatment ideas and stimulus tasks. Many clinicians are adapting therapy materials and stimuli from motor speech manuals/workbooks to traget voice goals.

The Source for Voice Disorders was designed to assist clinicians with both evaluative tools and therapy tasks to provide services to patients with both functional and medical (organic/neurological) diagnoses. It is a functional, clinical manual useful for clinicians with varying degrees of experience with voice disorders.

Treating patients with voice disorders may be intimidating for many clinicians, generally becasue the clinicians treat these patients relatively infrequently. Therefore, this book is organized to provde easy reference of a diagnosis with etiology, physiology, and corresponding recommendations for treatment.

Quoted from Introduction.