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Rehabilitation approach: patient undergoing treatment


Ruth is particularly qualified and accomplished at assisting individuals to regain and strengthen their voice thanks to more than two decades of performing and teaching classical singing. Not only does she know the science of vocal production, but she has years of experience listening to how people sound and is adept at pinpointing the areas of tension that impede healthy voice production. Ruth refers to and receives referrals from the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center http://www.ucsfhealth.org/adult/special/v/98905.html

Ruth provides a number of different exercises to relieve this tension and encourage healthy voice production. These range from relaxation and breath management exercises to a variety of phonation tasks. The latter begin with whichever sounds the person is able to produce without strain. These gradually increase in complexity as the new vocal habits become engrained. Most of Ruth's clients require six to ten sessions, but there are exceptions at both ends of the spectrum. Critical to success is both the motivation to change one's speech habits and the daily practice of voice assignments. Certain activities - such as smoking and yelling - should be dispensed with before beginning rehabilitation. If you have not already been seen by a Laryngologist, Ruth would be happy to recommend one for you.



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