VoiceFit to Practise

What's on offer?

This is an online training course for speech therapists who want to develop their voice knowledge and skills and their confidence in applying these to a voice caseload. It is appropriate for therapists who are new to voice or returning to practice and are looking for a refresher. This is designed for SLTs working with an adult voice caseload. The course is set out in seven modules which cover the whole therapy process. It teaches about voice physiology, laryngeal pathologies and diagnostics, voice assessment, case management planning, treatment of voice disorders and the discharge process. It also includes an evidence base, practical technique videos and a bonus lecture on the use of social media in speech therapy.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome and Introduction

  • 2

    Competency Framework

    • Developing Voice Knowledge and Skills Competencies

  • 3

    Module 1 - Voice Physiology

    • Introduction

    • Laryngeal Anatomy Presentation

    • Laryngeal Anatomy Presentation slides

    • The Role of the Larynx Worksheet

    • 'How the normal voice works'

    • Vocal Tract Diagram

    • The Larynx - Image Learning Resource

    • Laryngeal Anatomy quiz

  • 4

    Module 2 - Laryngeal Pathologies and Diagnoses

    • Introduction Video

    • ENT, Laryngoscopy and voice clinic Presentation

    • ENT, Laryngoscopy and the Voice Clinic Presentation Slides

    • Multifactorial Aetiologies of Voice Disorders

    • Structural Laryngeal Pathologies Learning Resource

    • Inflammatory Laryngeal Conditions Learning Resource

    • Muscle Tension Dysphonia Learning Resource

    • Psychogenic Voice Disorders Learning Resource

    • Neuromuscular Laryngeal Disorders Learning Resource

    • Risk, Prevalence and Impact Presentation

    • Risk, Prevalence and Impact of voice disorders Presentation Slides

    • Further learning tasks - case studies

    • Laryngeal Pathology and Diagnostics Quiz

  • 5

    Module 3 - Assessment of the Voice Patient

    • Introduction to Voice Assessment

    • How to take a voice case history

    • The Case History Presentation slides

    • Perceptual Voice Assessment Presentation

    • Perceptual Voice Assessment Presentation Slides

    • GRBAS Scoring Guidance

    • Voice Recording 1

    • Voice Recording 2

    • Voice Recording 3

    • Voice Recording 4

    • Voice Recording 5

    • Voice Recording 6

    • Acoustic Analysis and Aerodynamics of Voice

    • Additional Assessments for the Voice Patient

    • Considerations for Working with Performers - with Lydia Flock

    • Further learning tasks

    • Initial Session Checklist

  • 6

    Module 4 - Voice case management planning

    • Introduction to Module 4

    • Prioritising, Prognosis, Expectations and Goals Presentation

    • Prioritising, Prognosis, Expectations and Goals - Presentation Slides

    • Voice Case Management Planning Task

    • Is therapy indicated? A case based presentation

    • Is therapy indicated? Case Study presentation slides

  • 7

    Module 5 - Treatment of voice disorders

    • Introduction Video

    • ENT treatment & surgeries Learning Resource

    • Part 1 - Voice Care Presentation

    • Part 1 Voice Care Slides

    • Gaviscon Advance Factfile

    • Part 2 Voice Therapy Techniques Presentation

    • Part 2 - Voice Therapy Techniques Slides

    • Part 3 - Voice Therapy Techniques Presentation

    • Part 3 - Voice Therapy Techniques Slides

    • Voice Exercise Demonstrations

    • Selecting the appropriate therapy technique

    • Treatment Case Studies & Learning Tasks

    • Recommending Singing Lessons, with Lydia Flock

  • 8

    Module 6 - Discharging the voice patient

    • When is a patient ready for discharge?

    • Discharge and barriers to change Presentation

    • Discharge and Barriers to Change Presentation Slides

  • 9

    Module 7 - The voice therapy evidence base and community building

    • The evidence base - voice reference guide

    • Voice CPD planning

    • How you can use social media as an SLT Presentation

    • How you can use social media as an SLT presentation slides

    • Contributor videos - Lydia Flock

    • Contributor Video - Revise SLT

    • Contributor Video - Vocal Tubes®

  • 10

    Goodbye and Good luck

    • A goodbye and thank you note



  • How long will the course take?

    The course can be completed all in one go over a few days. However, i would encourage therapists to dip in and out of it, especially if working alongside a caseload. You have access to the course materials for six months from the date of purchase. Many of the documents and resources are also downloadable to keep.

  • I don't have a current voice caseload, is this course suitable for me?

    Yes it is. Although it is useful to have a voice clinical caseload to build experience alongside studying this course it is not essential. The course provides both theoretical training, skills training and practical tasks. So if you have an interest in developing your voice skills at any stage of your career, this course is for you!

  • I am a speech therapy student with an interest in voice, is this course suitable for me?

    I would advise that you wait until you have graduated before enrolling on this course and view this course as part of your continuing professional development.

  • How do i ask questions?

    You can contact Tor Spence at any point whilst studying the course to ask questions by emailing torspence@voicefit.co.uk. You are encouraged to join the Facebook group VoiceFit to Practise, a closed group for those enrolled on the course to ask questions of Tor and other course delegates.


Speech and Language Therapist

Tor Spence

Tor is a consultant speech and language therapist specialising in voice. She practises in the UK and works both in the National Health Service and in private practise. She works with adults and children with voice disorders and other laryngeal symptoms. She is involved in teaching and supervising therapists and students. She focuses much of her work on the support and training of developing voice therapists and has a passion for helping therapists improve their skills and confidence when working with voice patients. She is also a mum of one son and Labrador dogs.