Talking of Singing - Kittie Verdolini, 17th January 5-6.30pm The use of singing exercises after vocal fold injury

Tissue mobilization in the treatment of acute phonotrauma.
This is a fascinating topic that Kittie has been researching for several years now. The findings are not always what you would think – it turns out that certain singing exercises attenuate acute phonotrauma more than voice rest. A reminder that one has to remain open-minded about research outcomes.  

Kittie can also share her knowledge regarding the link between overall physical fitness and recovery from vocal fatigue, and many other occupational risks for professional voice users.

This is a chance to hear from someone who has had a lifetime in voice research, always with a direct link to the practical application of the findings.

Katherine Verdolini Abbott (Kittie) is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Delaware in the United States.  Her specialization is voice and voice disorders, with particular interests in singing voice and trans voice.  Her PhD is from Washington University in St. Louis, in Experimental Psychology (Cognitive Science).  She holds her certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, of which she is Fellow and hold Honors, the highest recognition awarded by the association. She has had government funding for her research since 1997.  Research topics have spanned a range of topics including hydration and voice, emotions and voice, exercise physiology, motor learning, spirituality and voice, and laryngeal wound healing.  She currently directs a voice lab including six PhD students and one post-doctoral fellow.  Current research focuses on voice therapy for children with vocal fold nodules.

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