The Impact of Cumulative Vocal Demands on Vocal Performance of Student Clinicians in Speech-Language Pathology Effects of cumulative vocal demands on voice performance of student clinicians majoring in speech-language pathology were observed at three distinct points over the period of an academic semester. Acoustic and aerodynamic voice parameters were monitored in controlled and natural settings; participants also provided subjective information related to their voice usage. ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2017
The Impact of Cumulative Vocal Demands on Vocal Performance of Student Clinicians in Speech-Language Pathology
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Maria Claudia Franca
    Communication Disorders and Sciences, Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
  • Valerie Elise Boyer
    Communication Disorders and Sciences, Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 3
Article   |   December 01, 2017
The Impact of Cumulative Vocal Demands on Vocal Performance of Student Clinicians in Speech-Language Pathology
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 119-131. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG3.119
History: Received May 5, 2017 , Revised July 2, 2017 , Accepted July 13, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 119-131. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG3.119
History: Received May 5, 2017; Revised July 2, 2017; Accepted July 13, 2017

Effects of cumulative vocal demands on voice performance of student clinicians majoring in speech-language pathology were observed at three distinct points over the period of an academic semester. Acoustic and aerodynamic voice parameters were monitored in controlled and natural settings; participants also provided subjective information related to their voice usage. Comparisons of voice parameters in student clinicians repeatedly measured throughout an extended period of time did not lead to statistically significant differences. Self-reported data revealed a satisfactory level of knowledge and awareness regarding voice concerns in this population. These outcomes suggested consistent voice stability in this group, over the cycle of an academic semester.

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