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Speech Therapists Can Help Clients Mask Accents

by VocoVision on July 21, 2017

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masking accentThere is a growing trend in the field of speech pathology that can launch into an entirely new career for many folks. Speech therapists are seeing a growing number of clients who are seeking out ways to mask their accents for professional purposes. Rather than having a medical emergency, these are individuals faced with issues of professionalism while having a regional or foreign accent. [continue reading…]

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Speech Therapy Benefits for a Chronic Cough

by VocoVision on May 13, 2016

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chronic coughThere are numerous reasons a patient may be experiencing a chronic cough, including rhinitis, asthma, and reflux. Medications are effective in controlling a cough for most patients. Unfortunately, some patients will develop a laryngeal motor dysfunction or heightened sensitivity to triggers, which create a chronic cough for reasons that may be addressed through speech therapy. In some cases, the cough is idiopathic, making it even more difficult to treat. Some studies have shown significant improvement in symptoms when speech pathology was included in their treatment plan. [continue reading…]

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Treating Anomic Aphasia with Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on May 6, 2016

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anomic aphasia treatmentAnomic aphasia presents as an inability to consistently produce the appropriate words for things a person wishes to talk about. This is particularly evident when the individual requires a noun or verb. The disorder is known by several names, including amnesic aphasia, dysnomia, and nominal aphasia.

Typically, the patient will have fluent speech that is grammatically correct. However, their speech will be filled with vague words such as “thing” and a constant attempt to find the words which will accurately describe the word they want to use. Many people will describe this as feeling as though the word is on the tip of the tongue, a feeling most people occasionally experience. Individuals suffering from anomic aphasia feel this on a regular basis. These patients usually have no difficulty reading or understanding speech, and are even able to accurately repeat sentences and words. The difficulty lies in finding words to express their own thoughts, whether verbally or in writing. [continue reading…]

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Treating Selective Mutism

by VocoVision on April 22, 2016

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selective mutismSelective mutism is a somewhat uncommon disorder that is often found in patients who also have social anxiety or a social phobia. With selective mutism, the child is able to speak and communicate effectively in setting that make them feel comfortable and secure. When they are in social settings such as school, church, or play groups, they may be unable to communicate or speak effectively. [continue reading…]

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Music Helps Stroke Victims Regain Speech through Choir

by VocoVision on January 15, 2016

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choir_speech_therapy_benefitsIn Hong Kong, a place where speech therapy services are incredibly limited, a charity project helps stroke victims regain speech. Through a choir led by music therapists, stroke survivors meet two hours a week.

The choir started in July, but the members, all of whom are stroke survivors struggling with speech issues, have seen improvements in their speech. The project received funding through last year’s Operation Santa Claus Charity drive, and those funds will cover the choir for the next three years. [continue reading…]

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Speech Patterns and the Way Others See You

by VocoVision on August 28, 2015

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speech patterns vocal fry therapyDo you find yourself using certain words, like “just” too often, or apologizing with nearly every sentence? Some people believe that the way you talk can be a problem, but others say it doesn’t matter. Some speech patterns, particularly the use of vocal fry, reveal interesting information about the way our speech affects how others see us.

What is Vocal Fry?

Vocal fry happens when someone speaks in a low vocal register and allows their throat to vibrate toward the end. It is commonly heard in the way the Kardashians speak. In the end, the voice sounds creaky. It’s becoming increasingly popular among young women.

Why Does it Matter?

According to a 2014 Duke study, women who use vocal fry are typically seen more negatively than men who do. As such, it can hurt their chances of getting a job. The study used both men and women, speaking the same sentence with a normal tone of voice and again with a vocal fry. Then, 400 men and 400 women were asked to rate the voices, by voting for the option they believed sounded more competent, and more worthy of hiring.

The study results determined the normal tone of voice was preferred over the vocal fry, suggesting that women who use it may be doing themselves a disservice.

Social evidence also suggests uptalking, or ending sentences with gradual increases in pitch, almost as though they are all questions, has a negative connotation. Surveys suggest that the majority of people see it as a lack of confidence and find it annoying. Uptalking, like vocal fry, could also hurt an applicant’s chances at getting hired.

What About Accents?

All of us have an accent, to some degree. We pick up the accent based on where we’re from, and the way people around us speak. In seeking to improve communication skills, some people turn to speech therapy to lessen the accent. Most of the time, there’s no real reason to completely eliminate the accent, and many of us get by just fine without reducing it. However, for some people, the accents are so heavy and thick they get in the way of other people understanding them, making communication and confidence difficult.

If you’re worried about speech patterns, such as vocal fry, uptalking, or heavy accents, speech therapy may be able to help. With a variety of exercises, you can train your voice to eliminate issues and improve communication skills. Teletherapy makes it easy to get the speech therapy done in the comfort of your home.

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