Treating Singers with Science!

Supporting Voice Disorders in Specialty Populations (0.5 hours of PDH)

Course Summary

Speech language pathologists who treat individuals with voice disorders have a unique skill set for providing assessment and treatment. When those patients are also singers, an even more specific set of knowledge and skills is required. Arguably performance experience and knowledge of music is necessary for the voice specialized SLP, as well as how voice disorders can affect the singing voice both externally and anatomically, as well as internally and emotionally. This presentation covers special considerations for patients who sing during evaluation of voice including videostroboscopy, acoustic and aerodynamic testing, as well as behavioral assessment of voice.

What is a singer? Should singers receive different assessments for voice rehabilitation when compared to non-singers? Dive into the current practices with Kristie Knickerbocker, M.S. CCC-SLP and voice science research when determining what should be done differently (or the same) when it comes to assessing, treating, counseling and creating a plan of care for singers who are vocally injured.

Learning Objectives:
Viewers will be able to list 3 special considerations for evaluating patients with voice disorders who sing
Viewers will be able to identify at least 2 counseling considerations specific to singers
Viewers will be able to understand 1-2 ways to modify traditional voice therapy techniques to better serve singing voice goals in voice rehabilitation

This course is not a substitute for proper medical care from a licensed professional. If you are experiencing a change in voice quality or how it feels to vocalize, please make an appointment with an ENT, Laryngologist or voice-specialized SLP.

Download your Certificate of Completion once finished viewing, and keep with your records in case you're ever audited by your state or national association. Make sure you add 0.5 hours of PDH somewhere on the certificate for this specific course.  

Course Curriculum

Kristie Knickerbocker

Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist in Fort Worth, Texas. She evaluates and rehabilitates voice, upper airway disorders and swallowing at her private practice, ATEMPO Voice Center, and lectures on voice science internationally. She is a classically trained mezzo soprano with a minor in vocal performance from Texas Christian University. She has collaborated on and authored multiple peer reviewed published research articles about her community-based voice specialty clinic. She continues to develop a line of instantly downloadable voice assessment and voice therapy materials on TPT or her ATEMPO voice center website. Follow her on Pinterest, on Instagram or like her on Facebook.

Kim R.


All things from Kristie are amazing! This resource has been very helpful.

Course Pricing

Treating Singers with Science

$7 USD

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