Voice Disorders “Boot Camp” I recently had the privilege to participate in the Voice Disorders “Boot Camp” sponsored by Division 3, held in Nashville, TN. A “Boot Camp” is a nickname for “Basic Training.” The Voice Disorders Seminar was far beyond “basic.” It was a treasure chest full of reference, practice, and experience; ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Voice Disorders “Boot Camp”
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  • Jane Ball Willard
    The Cabot Public Schools Cabot, AK
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2002
Voice Disorders “Boot Camp”
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, October 2002, Vol. 12, 5b. doi:10.1044/vvd12.3.5
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, October 2002, Vol. 12, 5b. doi:10.1044/vvd12.3.5
I recently had the privilege to participate in the Voice Disorders “Boot Camp” sponsored by Division 3, held in Nashville, TN. A “Boot Camp” is a nickname for “Basic Training.” The Voice Disorders Seminar was far beyond “basic.” It was a treasure chest full of reference, practice, and experience; and a chance to network with a wonderful group of colleagues.
As this school year begins, I am especially grateful to the Voice Division for sponsoring this opportunity in conjunction with the ASHA Schools 2002 Conference. I have the unique opportunity to serve as speech-language pathologist for a K-4 school and also on the High School Campus. Therefore, I work with a diverse population of students and their specific vocal challenges. A week of kindergarten and first grade screening brought to my attention six children whose voices show the need for further evaluation. On the high school campus, I have already counseled with one young cheerleader who is experiencing some intermittent hoarseness and a young woman challenged by ongoing vocal rehearsal for an upcoming beauty pageant. The foren-sics coach has contacted me for some classroom instruction on vocal hygiene, and my principal has shared with me his concern for some of my peers, who are already showing signs of vocal fatigue. My husband, a choral music instructor for 26 years, has asked me to “listen” to a couple of his students and to speak to his classes about the dangers of tobacco. This is of great concern to him, because his high school choristers are within the age parameters showing the greatest increase in incidence of tobacco use.
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