Intensive voice course: AVIT (Applied Voice Intervention Techniques)
At the sunny beach location of Larnaca, VIVES offers intensive voice training sessions in the fall of 2017: Applied Voice Intervention Techniques (AVIT).
AVIT is the result of a joint cooperation between Escola Superior de Saúde do Alcoitão (Estoril, Portugal), Interact Lab of TEI Western Greece (Patras, Greece), LingTech Study Development Ltd (Nicosia, Cyprus), University of Modena e Reggio Emilia (Modena, Italy) and VIVES University College (Brugge, Belgium).
Because of the importance of an individual approach to create a maximum training result for the participants, there is a limit of 16 participants.
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Wednesday October 4, 2017
Introduction to the Smith Accent Method of Voice Therapy - Theory and practical engagement of the participants.
Bibi Fex, Ph.D., Speech and Language Pathologist, employed at Lund University since 1961, Sweden. Visiting Lecturer at University of Ain Shams Cairo and Kurume, Japan. Workshops of the Accent Method in Japan, Taiwan, China and Egypt.
M. Nasser Kotby, Doctoral Degree.
Professor Emeritus of Phoniatrics, Unit of Phoniatrics and Communicative Disorders, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
Published 132 articles and 12 books. One of the books is on: The Accent Method of Voice Therapy, Singular Publishing, San Diego,1995.President of the Egyptian Society of Phoniatrics and Logopedics (ESPL), established in 1976.
Past President of: International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).Honorary member of several National and International Societies of Phoniatrics, Logopedics, and ORL. Knighted by HM The King of Sweden.
The scope of Vocology is defined. The place of voice therapy in the management of voice disorders shall be highlighted. The place of the Smith Accent Method (AM) in the field of voice therapy is outlined. This is followed by an attempt at the classification of the categories of voice therapy methods. The pathophysiological bases of the AM are discussed, with reference to its mode of action in correcting the defective/pathological voice production. These rest on: 1) abdomino-diaphragmatic breath support, 2) rhythmic accentuated vowel play, proceeding to connected speech and 3) Body and arm movements. The AM is presented with its goal, basic principles, and exercises. The method has two major goals: (a) delivering/advising voice hygiene advice and (b) correcting the faulty vocal mechanism.
Following a short introduction to the patient/client the exercises of the AM proceeds from the respiratory to the phonatory to the movement exercise. The final goal is to carry over the physiological gains of voice to connected speech in daily life. The AM is a holistic method regarding handling the voice break down and in enhancing the communicative process.
The techniques of the AM shall be practiced and applied among the participants. The final part shall be devoted to the demonstration of the clinical outcome of applying the AM, illustrating its efficacy.
Thursday October 5 & Friday October 6, 2017
Loes Selten, speech therapist, private practice Grooten en Selten Stemtherapie, Arnhem, The Netherlands – Specialized in treatment of voice problems. Teaching courses Laryngeal Manipulation in The Netherlands and Belgium.
Katja de Wild, speech therapist, Bernhoven hospital, ENT department, The Netherlands – Specialized in voice problems in association with ENT doctor /phoniatrician. Teaching courses Laryngeal Manipulation in The Netherlands and Belgium.
Laryngeal Manipulation (LM) is a method to reduce hypertension in the human larynx (that is su ering from voice problems) in a direct, fast and e ective way. It is an added component within the voice therapy. By using manual techniques, the muscles and structures in and around the larynx, will relax and become more mobile.
The principles of LM can be used both diagnostically and therapeutically. It is also effective by globus sensation and medically unexplained swallowing problems.
This two-day training will teach the participants the diagnostic procedure and the base techniques needed to perform this therapy.
Saturday October 7 & Monday October 9, 2017
Nasal Voice Method J. Pahn
Jo Verstraete, SLT, M.Sc., lecturer Speech Therapy Department VIVES University College in Brugge, Belgium. Private clinical practice ‘Voice Training and Voice Therapy’ in Roeselare, Belgium.
Studied the Nasal Voice Method under professor J. Pahn in Utrecht and Rostock (1996). Visiting lecturer voice training and voice therapy at University of Oulu (FI), University of Malta (MT), TEI Western Greece (GR) and Seton Hall University (USA).
Over the last 20 years, he has presented numerous courses of the Nasal Voice Method in Belgium and abroad.
The term ‘nasal voice method’ embraces a German voice training procedure for the therapy of voice disorders and improvement of vocalization. Among the methodical guidelines, such as economical use of the voice function, instrumentality of the voice function, therapy concept, the method comprises seven focal points. Key words of the method are reducing the perilaryngeal tension and to make optimal use of the resonance cavities in order to produce a more relaxing and penetrating sound. As such, the method is ideal for training professional voice users and for treatment of patients with hypertone voice disorders.
During the workshop, the participants will learn to make the speciffic basic nasal sound in relation to relaxed jaw and tongue movements and to implement this into words, sentences, texts and spontaneous speech.
Special attention will be paid to the overall coordination of the respiratory, perilaryngeal and articulatory muscles in order to produce a resonating sound in balance.
At the end of this one day and a half workshop, participants are able to create a full, relaxed and penetrating sound through cocktail noise.
Monday October 9, 2017
Voice therapy techniques and approaches for the treatment of: psychogenic dysphonia, mutational voice disorders, ventricular dysphonia, vocal fold paralysis and transgender speech-voice training.
Jo Verstraete, Belgium
Some voice problems need a speciffic approach. During this workshop the etiology, symptoms and therapy approaches are presented for the treatment of psychogenic dysphonia, mutational voice disorders, ventricular dysphonia, vocal fold paralysis and transgender speech-voice training.
All therapy approaches will be presented with video and audio material of therapy sessions and the techniques will be demonstrated and trained.
Tuesday October 10 & Wednesday October 11, 2017
Coblenzer BTP - Breath Timed Phonation, in speech therapeutic practice.
Åse Ørsted, Speech Language Therapist, Denmark. Studied BTP under professor Coblenzer, Switzerland. Was certi ed by professor Coblenzer in 1994.
Was employed at The Institute for Speech Disorders in Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital till his retirement.
Was a lecturer at the Royal Danish School of Educational Studies
(1978 - 2000) and at Copenhagen University (1985 - 1995).
Has run educational BTP courses in Denmark every year since 1996 and several courses in Norway, England, New Zealand and Australia. A er his retirement he still runs educational courses in Denmark and works with private clients.
The workshop consists of theory and practical exercises intermixed. On the first day’s workshop gross motor exercises will be emphasized to establish well balanced muscle tension of the body, a good phonatory respiration and further overall features of voice and speech.
On the second day more speciffic exercises of voice and articulation as well as integratory exercises will be performed.
After each series of exercises they will be reviewed, and the participants will get a chance to take notes and capture their own observations.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Vocal functional therapy
Isabel Guimarães, SLT, Ph. D., Senior lecturer at Escola Superior de Saúde do Alcoitão, Portugal and Senior researcher at the Clinical and Therapeutics Pharmacological Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa - Portugal.
The participants will be taught exercises to apply the four steps of vocal functional therapy: warm up, stretching, contracting and adductory strengthening exercises.
The participants must demonstrate enhanced pro ciency in applying appropriate speciffic vocal function exercises, in a systematic way following methodological procedures, evaluating and adjusting appropriately transferring and generalizing what was learned to real situations in the future field work.
Sunday October 8 is a free day. Blessed with the beauty of nature’s best palette, the scenery of Cyprus unfolds across glittering coasts, rolling mountains, fragrant forests and rugged headlands. On Sunday, we offer an organized day trip to enjoy the beauty of the island. A detailed programme for this day trip will be specified on a later date.
The AVIT-course participants pay the participation fee of 2,400 Euro before the final registration date of June 25th, 2017 to the bank account of VIVES Noord, IBAN: BE52 7755 9350 3009 BIC: GKCCBEBB with the structured communication: ‘AVIT – Last Name + First Name participant’ .
Only when the participation fee is fully paid by the participant before June 25th 2017, the registration is complete. In case the maximum amount (= 16) of participants is exceeded, the rank of payment will determine the subscription. Fee includes:
- Full 8 days AVIT programme with all course materials, lunches and coffeebreaks.
- 10 nights in a single room with breakfast at The Best Western Flamingo Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus. People wishing to get a double room can contact the organization to arrange as such (with possible financial supplement).
- Return private taxi transfer from Larnaca airport to hotel.
- Organized day trip on Sunday.
Not included: flights, dinners and personal expenses. It is not possible to register for only a part of the AVIT-course.
Deadline for registration and subscription: June 25th 2017. Minimum number of participants: 10. Maximum number of participants: 16.
The AVIT-course can be cancelled free of charge by the co-ordinating party VIVES if the minimum number of participants (= 10) is not reached before June 25th, 2017. For this reason the organization strongly advises participants not to book their flights before the AVIT-course is guaranteed (shortly after June 25th, 2017). In this case, all registered participants will receive a cancellation e-mail from the co-ordinating party VIVES University College.
In case of a possible cancellation of the AVIT-course due to insufficient participants, the received registration fees, as the case may be, shall be reimbursed by the co-ordinating party VIVES University College to the participants within 20 days after June 25th, 2017.
No refund is possible in case of cancellation of the participant after the final registration date of June 25th, 2017. The cancelling participant is always entitled to find a replacement.