Speaking comfortably, painlessly, with the desired volume and clarity, is something taken for granted until a cold, or voice-stress episode causes you to lose your voice. But other problems can cause voice disorders: vocal fold damage from too much shouting to support your favorite team, allergies, constant professional demands in the classroom or public speaking, singing, nerve damage. Acid reflux or a stroke may also be associated.
Voice therapy has been demonstrated to be effective for hoarseness across the lifespan from children to older adults. Voice therapy is often the first line of treatment once someone has seen an ear, nose, and throat specialist to determine if nodules, polyps, or other medical conditions are present.
"I want to thank you so much. You came into my life to rescue me and my Voice!!"
--H. P., Voice Client
"Alida, you have such a calming effect on me, and subsequently on my voice. I never thought you could improve me but you have! Thank you,
thank you, thank you!"
--L. J., Adult Voice Client
First of all, I loved meeting you as a person! You welcomed me warmly and put me at ease. I was able to learn so much about "voice," and what I could do to have a lovely speaking voice.
You have helped me enormously and I will think of you often with happy thoughts."
--J.B., Adult Male Patient
SLP Alida Engel's relevant training and experience for work with voice disorders:
- Lessac-Based Resonant Voice Therapy (Kittie Verdolini Abbott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP)
- Care of the Professional Voice
- Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Voice Disorders
- Update in Pediatric Airway, Voice and Swallowing Disorders (Harvard)
- Voice Foundation 25th Annual Symposium: Care of Voice
- Voice Foundation 33rd Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice
- Voice Therapy: A Comprehensive Approach
- De-Catastrophizing Vocal Injury for the Performing Voice (Seminar at Weill-Cornell Medical Center)
- NY Interdisciplinary Voice Group