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Course # 5490
Voice Therapy Techniques for the Aging Voice

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

For SLPs who work with aging individuals, treatment of voice disorders can be complicated by differentiating between voice changes that occur as part of the normal aging process and voice disorders which can accompany aging. This presentation covers information regarding the normal vs. the disordered aging voice as well as treatment techniques that can be used to strengthen and enhance the voice of the aging person.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on July 9, 2012


Handouts are available for this course. You must be signed in and registered for this event to access them.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to list characteristics of the normal aging voice.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe voice disorders that may occur in the aging individual.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the use of therapeutic techniques that can strengthen the aging voice.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify research literature which supports the use of various therapeutic techniques.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction and Overview
5-10 Minutes Voice changes with normal aging
10-20 Minutes Etiologies for voice disorders in the aging individual
20-55 Minutes Voice therapy techniques for the aging voice
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Average Rating

(452 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 452 reviews

Review by: Michelle on October 7, 2015
Ease of use and understanding as well as relevance to my current employment and patient population.
Review by: Member on September 29, 2015
Helpful information for client use and to share a little general information with those that may publically ask the question as they age normally.
Review by: Member on September 27, 2015
Nice steady pace. Very informative.
Review by: Tracey on September 15, 2015
It was presented in a very user-friendly manner, and in a relatable way. The presenter was engaging to listen to, and the information was outstanding.
Review by: Member on September 14, 2015
Therapy ideas
Review by: Member on September 3, 2015
Well organized and good explanations
Review by: Member on August 17, 2015
content, presentation method
Review by: Member on August 11, 2015
Clear concise slides, well-spoken and easy to follow presenter.
Review by: Deirdre on August 9, 2015
This is one of the few courses on your website on the aging voice and provided solid information.
Review by: Sunita on July 15, 2015
very useful
Review by: Sherrie on July 4, 2015
The presenter was excellent. Enjoyable to listen to and learn from.
Review by: Lindsay on June 30, 2015
It was well organized and the presenter touched on everything she mentioned in the outline.
Review by: MARIA on June 17, 2015
Review by: Irma on June 15, 2015
Easy to follow.
Review by: mary rebecca on June 14, 2015
Specific therapy techniques
Review by: Vivian on June 8, 2015
Fantastic course. Comprehensive, well-organized, and informative.
Review by: Jason on June 2, 2015
clear and well organized.
Review by: Sara on May 29, 2015
easy application
Review by: Christopher on May 25, 2015
Review by: Carla on May 21, 2015
There could have been more information on terms that were unfamiliar.
Review by: Jill on May 12, 2015
WOW! She's a dynamic speaker that kept my attention. The hour flew by and wished it could have gone on. I definitely wish I had her for a voice prof when I was in school
Review by: Kaitlin on May 6, 2015
easy to follow
Review by: Laura on April 28, 2015
Great information
Review by: misty on April 18, 2015
interesting and totally relates to my client population
Review by: Penelope on March 9, 2015
well organised, clear, gave examples
Review by: Susan on February 27, 2015
Specific examples given for each area.
Review by: Terlenda on February 22, 2015
it was relevant to the client I recently had and addressed some starting points in which I could use for treatment of hoarseness
Review by: Angela on February 21, 2015
It seems to me that voice issues and concerns are devalued by many slps. It was great to hear an slp so well versed in this area. Great insights and therapeutic suggestions.
Review by: Meghan on February 4, 2015
Best course I've heard thus far. She was engaging and well spoken to her audience. She gave examples of treatments and etiology which is crucial to reviewing voice.
Review by: Anita on January 27, 2015
Interesting content geared toward the aging population.
Review by: Danelle on January 25, 2015
Information was well organized and easy to follow. Handouts contain good information that I will be able to refer back to.
Review by: Lara on January 12, 2015
Audio and written materials coordinated well for positive learning.
Review by: Kimberly on January 8, 2015
a lot of therapy techniques and suggestions
Review by: Leslie on January 1, 2015
Dr. Prakup's very pleasant voice, liberal use of examples and demonstrations made this a most enjoyable and useful course!
Review by: Laura on December 30, 2014
Great practical information with direct application to treatment. Appreciated the references and speaker was incredibly knowledgeable but kept it easy to understand.
Review by: Amy on December 29, 2014
Excellent presentation with good examples, short, but excellent procedures and steps to take to help individuals with a variety of voice complaints. She was specific, simplified complicated information to allow us to succeed and was well informed with the topic and research.
Review by: Becky on December 28, 2014
Review by: Juliet on December 28, 2014
organized for easy learning. good presentation
Review by: Wendy on December 25, 2014
Great speaker and notes which were easy to follow.
Review by: Jacqueline on December 22, 2014
It provided valuable information about the aging voice and a good review of voice therapy techniques.
Review by: Ashley on December 18, 2014
The course was interesting, well organized, provided detailed explanations and definitions that helped to better understand the material and it shed light on an area that may otherwise be overlooked by therapists. Also, great to hear from an old professor! :)
Review by: Courtney on December 17, 2014
Precise and to the point
Review by: Melissa on December 15, 2014
I would like more case studies and endoscopic pictures.
Review by: Tiffany on December 8, 2014
clear tx techniques to try with adults.
Review by: Leigh Ann on December 4, 2014
Fluent, concise, many treatment ideas which were well organized
Review by: Lindsay on December 3, 2014
Great presenter, interesting material
Review by: Lauren on November 26, 2014
Pertinent and helpful information!!
Review by: Penny on November 21, 2014
The speaker was knowledgeable and presented diagnostic and therapeutic tools
Review by: Dana on November 12, 2014
expertise of instructor
Review by: Bridgid on November 8, 2014
Presenter was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.
Review by: Dorene on November 6, 2014
thorough explanations of material
Review by: Elizabeth on October 27, 2014
Great examples of treatment.
Review by: Kathy on October 8, 2014
Beautiful combination of evidence base, practicalities and Background info!
Review by: Tricia on September 29, 2014
The presenter had a wealth of knowledge! She packed a lot of helpful information into one hour. She also sparked my interest in learning more about specific voice therapy techniques she mentioned.
Review by: Glenna on September 24, 2014
descriptions of terms used were usable/understandable
Review by: Arristene on September 23, 2014
Presentation and materials covered.
Review by: Lisa on September 23, 2014
The vocal examples given by the presenter.
Review by: Rebecca on August 31, 2014
simply gave me more confidence in what I have been doing, but it didn't teach me anything new, unfortunately.
Review by: Kimberly on August 21, 2014
well organized, well presented.
Review by: Samuel on August 11, 2014
Good organization,
Review by: Rachel on August 4, 2014
Thorough information, practical techniques that I can begin to use right away and extensive list of references.
Review by: Katherine on July 26, 2014
Excellent explanation and therapy ideas!!!!
Review by: lindsay on July 18, 2014
it was a good brush up on how to maintain a strong voice in the aging population as well as troublesome symptoms to watch out for
Review by: Pamela on July 14, 2014
Clear and practical application
Review by: Angela on June 21, 2014
Good examples
Review by: Jennifer on June 8, 2014
Good overview
Review by: Miriam on May 25, 2014
Good overview
Review by: Christina on May 12, 2014
Well organized presentation with practical examples
Review by: Nora on May 6, 2014
Specific treatment techniques/options.
Review by: Emily on May 5, 2014
Full of practical information.
Review by: Andrea on April 24, 2014
Therapy techniques and organization of presentation
Review by: Lisa on April 11, 2014
The way that the presenter organized, explained and elaborated on subject matter.
Review by: Jill on April 8, 2014
learning various techniques to use with patients
Review by: Annamaria on March 23, 2014
Good clinical information
Review by: Virginia on March 16, 2014
Explanations of normal vs. diseased vocal aging and types of therapies for vocal therapy.
Review by: Nancy on February 20, 2014
The content was relevant both professionally and personally.
Review by: Jennifer on February 13, 2014
Excellent depth on knowledge.
Review by: Michelle on January 30, 2014
Relevant to my current placement
Review by: Elizabeth on January 5, 2014
Presented in an interesting manner.
Review by: elizabeth on December 31, 2013
easy to understand and fun to listen to
Review by: Douglas on December 28, 2013
Well organized with practical content. Would have been good to know medical management options.
Review by: Shawn on December 28, 2013
Good information which can be applied right away with our voice clients.
Review by: Nancy on December 25, 2013
It helped to clarify the specific problems of the aging voice, versus pathologies. I would like to have seen more information on the therapy techniques, but I can probably get those from another course.
Review by: Jennifer on December 24, 2013
Presenter was upbeat and interesting and used good examples from real life and in with her voice (Concerning voice pathology and therapy)
Review by: Gaby on December 24, 2013
Review by: Patrick on November 25, 2013
Review by: Deborah on November 17, 2013
Very informative and well thought out.
Review by: Barbara on November 15, 2013
make it 2 hours for more details
Review by: Jennifer on November 9, 2013
Specific techniques for implementing in treatment.
Review by: Emily on October 29, 2013
very informative, will use a lot of the information learned in my practice
Review by: Joseph on October 28, 2013
Good information with examples provided by the speaker.
Review by: Susan on October 21, 2013
I find that many people do not think about the usefulness of voice treatment in the aging population. However, a strong and youthful voice helps us continue to interact successfully with our world and is a vital skill to retain.
Review by: Maxine on October 4, 2013
good info
Review by: Gabriel on October 2, 2013
Clear explanations of terms
Review by: Angelle on September 25, 2013
good refresher on presbyphonia, helpful if working with geriatric population.
Review by: Melissa Page on September 24, 2013
practical information, clearly presented, very well organized and extremely accessible.
Review by: Lia on September 19, 2013
Focus on therapy techniques
Review by: Patricia on September 7, 2013
Clinical application of content
Review by: Toni on August 25, 2013
Great info that I haven't been able to find elsewhere
Review by: Megan on August 25, 2013
It was a good review of the characteristics of an aging voice as well as specific treatment approaches based on the vocal quality or characteristics perceived.

Course Information

This is an audio recording of a Live Webinar.

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Course Presenter

barbara prakup

Barbara Prakup, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Prakup has practiced as a speech-language pathologist for nearly thirty years.  She is currently an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace College and was formerly an assistant professor at Cleveland State University.  Her research interests focus on the aging voice and the singing voice.  Dr. Prakup has taught undergraduate and graduate courses such as anatomy and physiology, phonetics, speech and hearing science, research design, and articulation and phonology.

The presenter has no financial or non-financial considerations or conflicts of interest that are relevant to this course or its content.


Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

Please Note: The exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

To participate in the course, complete the exam, and earn continuing education credit (where applicable), you must be a CEU Total Access member.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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