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0.5 CEU

Voice Awareness for Teachers: When Something Goes Wrong With Your Voice- A Practical Guide

Course Summary

Teachers are more likely to experience voice problems and report higher rates of specific voice symptoms including vocal fatigue compared to other occupations. Most teachers are not provided with any training on vocal health, are unaware of signs and symptoms of voice disorders, and lack direction when seeking the help of professionals that provide assessment and treatment of voice disorders.  This course provides teachers with a(n)

  • basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the voice
  • common voice disorders including signs, symptoms, and treatment
  • identifying at-risk behaviors and lifestyle factors for voice disorders
  • understanding of the professionals who conduct voice evaluations
  • specific voice health education strategies in the classroom
  • a case study and interview with a classroom teacher experience voice problems for the past 15 years
  • guest lecture from Viviane Barrichelo, who specializes as voice clinician and coach with professional voice users, such as classroom teachers

What do I need to know?

  • After completing this training course, you will earn 0.5 CEUs and a certificate of completion in your Adventist Learning Community e-portfolio.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Review the anatomy and physiology of the voice system and identify common signs and symptoms of voice disorders
  • Understand common voice disorders in classroom teachers including vocal nodules and vocal fatigue
  • Recognize the health professionals responsible for assessment and treatment of voice disorders and specific ways to seek help for voice problems
  • Identify 5 lifestyle, health, and behavioral risk factors that may contribute to voice disorders.
  • Implement 3 specific vocal health strategies into classroom teaching practices including but not limited to resonant voice techniques, vocal warm-ups, relaxation exercises, and amplification systems.

About the Instructor

Tammy Shilling
My name is Tammy Shilling. I have been a Speech-language pathologist for the past 28 years and a clinical professor at Andrews University for the past 6 years in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. I experienced frequent vocal fatigue when I first started teaching at the college level and it surprised me as I had been using my voice every single day as a therapist and never experienced any voice problems. I am currently finishing my Ph.D. in education, specifically in the area of curriculum and instruction. It has been a privilege to work with two graduate students who are driven and have a passion for research and making a difference in their field. By developing this online course for teachers, it bridges the areas that I am passionate about: the speech-language pathologist’s role in voice disorders, classroom teaching, and vocal health, and educating others through various methods.

Julia Johnson
My name is Julia Johnson and I am currently working towards completing my Masters degree in Communication and Sciences Disorders at Andrews University. While finishing my undergraduate degree, I conducted research focusing on vocal hygiene within the teacher population. As I continued to research with my professors and peers, I realized the great need for education and resources for professional voice users. My passion for helping people use their voice as a tool for communication has grown and continues to grow. I am continuing research with my professors and peers to help teachers achieve vocal health. I am excited about my future as a Speech-Language Pathologist and the growing ability to help more people achieve their vocal goals.

Heather Verhelle
My name is Heather Verhelle and I am a second-year graduate student in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Andrews University. I have always had a passion for learning and helping others and research is an outlet to achieve both of those endeavors. I worked on a research project in undergrad with Julia and we both enjoyed it so much that we decided to extend our efforts to create this course to help improve teacher’s awareness and use of their voice. I had amazing teachers throughout my elementary, high school, and college experience that have made a major impact on my life; and I can only hope that this course makes a difference in yours! Thank you so much for taking an interest in bettering yourself so that you can make a lasting impact on your students.


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