The KU Voice and Swallow Center supports professional voice users including singers, actors, teachers, lawyers, religious leaders, call center employees, and other professionals who rely on their voice to perform their job duties.
In many cases, therapy with a speech pathologist focuses on improving coordination between respiratory support and voicing, relieving excess muscle strain, and improving the efficiency of the speaking voice. A tailored vocal hygiene program is also developed and encouraged.
Singers are often encouraged to complete voice therapy with a speech pathologist in conjunction with a vocal pedagogue. The speech pathologist works closely with the vocal pedagogue to ensure a more efficient therapy program. In fact, the laryngology team closely interacts with the KU vocal pedagogy PhD program to connect patients with these specialized singing coaches. Dr. Garnett has a joint faculty appointment with the School of Music providing guest lectures, opportunities for clinical observation and sitting of dissertation committees. You can find more information here.
Lastly, a large emphasis is placed on education and prevention during therapy. Professional voice users learn how to avoid repeated vocal injuries as well as what to do should they notice a return of symptoms.