Eleanor Martino Voice and Speech
Overview4107 Lafayette Boulevard Suite 3 Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Clinical voice therapy for a medical condition can not begin until you are evaluated by an otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat physician. A written diagnosis and description of the doctor's findings and a signed release to communicate with your ENT are required to begin voice therapy. Stroboscopic images of your larynx are always appreciated; your doctor may be able to give you video as well.
An evaluation must be performed in our office before voice therapy can begin, in order to gather accurate baseline data and formulate a treatment plan. This involves gathering health and voice history, analysis of vocal function and voice quality, and gathering laryngeal function data via microphone (nothing invasive). Our office has a state of the art KayPENTAX Visi-Pitch IV unit to gather laryngeal function data before, during, and after therapy. It is also a valuable source of biofeedback, and has computer games which encourage the younger crowd to participate in therapy.
Voice therapy typically requires on average 4 to 8 sessions with home practice and behavioral modifications to be successful. Some conditions will require more sessions, some will respond better to therapy than others, and some will respond best to a team approach (physician, speech pathologist, counselor, voice teacher, etc.)
LSVT for Parkinson disease and related disorders is an intensive therapy program of 4 sessions a week for 4 consecutive weeks - if it is not performed in this manner, it can not technically be called LSVT.
Note to Physicians and Voice Educators:
Please contact us if you would like to schedule an inservice or reserve a day for voice screenings at your location.
Note to Performers:
If you experience a sudden loss of vocal range and/or feel a pop in your throat during or following a performance or an occasion of yelling, coughing, or crying, call an ear, nose and throat physician and ask them to fit you in as soon as possible. Significant vocal fold trauma may result in hemorrhage, which is very serious and can cause permanent vocal damage the longer it is left untreated. Use your voice sparingly until you are medically evaluated... just in case.