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How we help people with voice disorder

Voice evaluation and therapy may include exercises and changes in speaking behaviors (for instance, maneuvers that time deep breaths to power vocalizations with adequate breathing). In some cases, lifestyle changes can greatly reduce symptoms (for instance, instructions to stop yelling or to rest one’s voice regularly if a patient speaks or sings a lot). The vocal cords can also benefit from relaxation exercises, “warm ups” before extended periods of speaking and even adequate hydration.

In order to find the right treatment for you, we will work closely with your Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to get to the root of your disorder and start the steps to “getting your voice back."

We also will ask you about any habits or ailments that could be affecting your vocal quality: Do you smoke? What medications are you taking? Are you a busy parent who winds up yelling a lot? Do you suffer from GERD or hypothyroidism? Have you been exposed to any powerful chemicals lately? Are you a radio announcer, singer or someone whose livelihood depends on the health of their voice?

Through this investigative journey, we can usually pinpoint the therapy that will help you most. It usually involves vocal exercises to change some speaking behaviors or reduce laryngeal tension.

In some cases, lifestyle changes can greatly reduce symptoms (instructing a coach to use a whistle rather than yelling to get players’ attention). The vocal cords can also benefit from relaxation exercises, “warm ups” before extended periods of speaking and even adequate hydration. Always, our goal is to bring on the healing so your voice can again be heard!

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How we help people with voice disorder
Qualified therapists

Our dedicated team of speech-language pathologists are specially trained in speech therapy as it relates to cognitive-communication issues (how you listen, process, focus, remember, and communicate). We are also nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, are nationally recognized by the Brain Injury Association of America and are Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS). We are licensed to practice in both North Dakota and Minnesota. We believe every patient deserves the best treatment and support we can offer in every single contact and interaction with us.

Individual approach

We recognize that no two people have the same needs and that everyone has different learning styles. That’s why we like to call our approach “the Progressive way,” which means we will happily customize treatment plans to meet the unique needs of the individual and their family. We also believe in “the right fit” between patient and therapist, so will make every effort to match you with a clinician who connects with you, understands you, and utilizes a therapy style that is comfortable for you.

We are here to help

Depending on the goals you wish to accomplish and the learning pace that is most comfortable for you, we will arm you with the evidence-based strategies, proven skills and ample support you need to feel more organized, prepared and effective. Therapy strategies may range from recommendations for specific tools (such as timers or planners), one-on-one brainstorming and problem-solving to address concerns, therapeutic activities as well as computer trials or worksheets to help strengthen cognitive and executive functions like attention, memory, and planning.

Coaching with compassion

We know that working on cognitive-communication issues is hard work and that it can be easy to feel defeated or overwhelmed by the challenges of building a more efficient brain. However, you will not be in this alone. We are not just speech-language pathologists; we are fellow human beings who care about you, your journey, and your success. We don’t want an appointment to feel like you’ve been sent to the principal’s office. Instead, you’ll find a comfortable space where you’ll feel listened to and understood. And because humor makes everything more bearable, be prepared to laugh and joke a bit too!