Friday, Oct. 1

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Cost is $25.
Seminar is free for current Samford preceptors.

Decision Making in Voice Therapy

The landscape of voice therapy has changed over the past 30 years as a result of the development of technology like laryngeal imaging, acoustic and aerodynamic assessment, and respiratory function. Additionally, the rise in the specialty of laryngology, a subset of fellowship-trained otolaryngologists who specialize in care of the voice, has ushered in the change in voice therapy from symptomatic treatment (Boone, 1994) to physiological treatment (Stemple, 1995). Voice clinicians are required to integrate information from the laryngeal imaging examination demonstrating the anatomy and physiology of laryngeal function; laryngeal disease; speech science and the acoustic milieu of the voice; lung function and its relationship to voice production; and psychology models of behavior like self-regulation, self-efficacy and readiness for change. Given this increased demand for knowledge in the area of voice, specialty practice in working with the voice has emerged in speech language pathology.

 However, speech language pathologists are licensed and certified to treat over 19 specialty areas, demanding graduate school training to be directed towards the generalist clinician.

So, given the demand to treat people with voice disorders, how is the clinician equipped to stay current and confident with voice therapy treatment?

This two-hour workshop will introduce the clinician to understanding the important tools needed to make evidence based decisions regarding candidacy for therapy, focus of therapy, FITT principle, and when to seek assistance from a specialist. A low-tech model of the voice evaluation with therapeutic paradigms of treatment will be discussed.

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This program is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Professional area). 

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the required information needed regarding patient health, vocal demands, and stimulability needed to determine is a patient is a candidate for voice therapy. 
  • Define the focus of voice therapy given the assessment result, prognosis, and understand of the physiological underpinnings of the different therapy modalities.
  • Recognize the role of meta therapy in the successful outcomes from voice therapy.


  • 10 to 10:05 a.m. = Introduction
  • 10:05 to 10:15 a.m. = The changing landscape of voice therapy
  • 10:15 to 11 a.m. = Determining candidacy for voice therapy
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. = The voice therapy paradigm
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. = Q&A session


Edie R. Hapner

Edie R. Hapner is an endowed professor, co-director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Voice Center and director of speech and hearing at UAB. She has 40 years of experience in voice disorders. She has authored more than 80 peer reviewed articles on voice, served as co-editor of Voice Therapy, Clinical Case Studies, and contributes to Medbridge’s online voice curriculum.

Dr. Hapner has financial relationships with Medbridge Inc., Plural Publications, Phorte Voice Therapy, LLC and a non-financial relationship with ASHA.  

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