CSDS Continuing Education Course - Demystifying Voice

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Workshop Title: Demystifying Voice: Assessment & Treatment of Voice Disorders Across the Life Span

Presenter: Ericka Olsen, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ericka Olsen is a graduate of the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies program at California State University, Fresno. She received her B.A. in 2005 and her M.A. with distinction in 2007. Her research, found in the May 2012 edition of Aphasiology, “Generalization of Personalized Cueing to Enhance Word Finding” received an Outstanding Faculty Publication Award at Fresno State in 2013. Ericka is the Director of Speech Services at Central California Ear, Nose & Throat Medical Group and specializes in providing voice assessment and treatment. She also teaches Disorders of Fluency and Voice at the Undergraduate level at California State University, Fresno as a part-time lecturer. Ericka has ten years of experience working with both pediatric and adult patients with voice disorders. She was nominated for CSHA’s District 5 Outstanding Achievement Award in the areas of clinical service and mentorship and she was excited to receive this honor at the CSHA convention this Spring.

Program Description
Assessment and treatment of voice disorders can be very intimidating for both new and seasoned speech-language pathologists (SLPs) alike. The seemingly technical nature of assessment and sometimes perplexing variety of treatment options can seem overwhelming. However, there are many “low-tech” assessment and treatment methods available for any clinician to utilize. Additionally, with the popularity of the smart phone, there are many useful tools available to clinicians and their voice patients previously only available in the voice lab. 

With the prevalence of voice disorders estimated at anywhere from 3% to 9% of the US population (Ramig & Verdolini, 1998; Roy, Merrill, Gray, & Smith, 2005), it is important for clinicians to develop the skill set for basic management of voice. This course is designed to take the mystery out of assessment and treatment of voice disorders for patients of all ages. The SLP should walk away with practical knowledge to help with assessment and treatment in both educational and medical settings. 

Learner Outcomes:
1. Identify common symptoms of voice disorders and describe potential causes of these disorders. 
2. Explain the “low-tech” methods available to all SLPs for assessment of Voice Disorders and be able to choose appropriate assessment tools for new patients.
3. Understand key components of a vocal hygiene program.
4. Describe various evidence-based treatment options available for voice disorders and decide which to use on a case-by-case basis.

Time Ordered Agenda:
8:00 -- Registration
8:30 – 9:30 – Overview of symptoms of voice disorders and potential causes
9:30 -- 10:00 – Low-tech voice assessment                                          
10:00 – 10:15 – Break
10:15 – 11:00 – Continue Voice Assessment
11:00 – 12:00 – Designing a Vocal Hygiene Program
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch 
1:00 – 2:30 – Overview of Voice Therapy
2:30 – 2:45 – Break
2:45 – 3:30 – Application and Case Studies
3:30 – 3:45 – Q/A
3:45 – 4:00 – Wrap up
4:00 – Course Evaluation

LocationSan Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

Nancy G. Sprenkle Education Room

7173 N. Sharon Ave

Fresno, CA 93720

Free parking

Registration Fees: Professionals $100.00 ; Students $25.00 

Registration fees will increase by $25.00 10 days prior to event (April 19th)
Registration will NOT be available the day of the course.

Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation must be received by April 23, 2017.  No refunds will be made after this date.

This program meets the qualifications for up to 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development Credit (CPD) Intermediate Level, for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.  CSU Fresno PDP #342.

Contact Information

Debbie Moore

Sabrina Nii

Date & Location

Date: 4/29/2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

Nancy G. Sprenkle Education Room
7173 N. Sharon Ave
Fresno, CA 93720