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Rehabilitation 

Vocal Rehabilitation Coaching (VRC)

Vocal rehabilitation coaching (VRC) is a specialised field aimed at assisting individuals in restoring, enhancing, or optimising their vocal function. Whether recovering from injury, aiming to improve vocal performance, or seeking assistance post ENT or Speech Therapy for a diagnosed vocal disorder. Lucy’s approach to vocal rehabilitation provides tailored support to meet diverse need, integrating principles from speech and language therapy, voice pedagogy, and coaching methodologies for a holistic approach.

 

Through personalised assessment and intervention, Vocal rehab picks up where SLT left off, after ENT identify underlying issues, such as vocal strain, breath control deficiencies, or vocal cord injuries. Vocal Rehabilitation is there to devise targeted strategies for further improvement of vocal function aimed and building back strength, stamina, and flexibility after input of clinical professionals, and work closely with these teams to ensure your future vocal safety.

Benefits

The benefits of vocal rehabilitation coaching are manifold. For individuals recovering from vocal injuries or surgeries, coaching facilitates the continued restoration of vocal function and aids in the rehabilitation process. Athletes, performers, and public speakers also seek coaching to enhance vocal performance, optimise resonance, and refine techniques.

 

Impact

Vocal rehabilitation coaching plays a crucial role in promoting vocal health, preventing injury, and optimising performance across diverse vocations. By empowering individuals with the tools and techniques to care for their voices, coaching fosters long-term vocal sustainability and resilience. Moreover, it contributes to enhanced confidence, and self-expression, enriching your performances.

How is VRC different to Voice Specialist Speech Therapy:

A Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach are both professionals dedicated to helping individuals improve their vocal abilities, but they differ significantly in their training, scope of practice, and approach.

 

A Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist typically holds a Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Therapy. They are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of communication disorders, including voice disorders, speech disorders, and language disorders. Their interventions are based on evidence-based practices and may include techniques such as voice therapy, vocal exercises, and counselling to address underlying physiological and psychological factors contributing to vocal difficulties, they will work in a multidisciplinary capacity with ENT Laryngologists to manage your voice.

 

On the other hand, a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach often comes from a background in music, performing arts, or voice training. While they may not have the same clinical training as a speech and language therapist, they possess expertise in vocal performance, techniques, and coaching. Their focus is primarily on optimising vocal performance for singers, actors, and public speakers through exercises, techniques, and performance coaching.

 

How VRC different to Singing Teaching:

The primary distinction between Vocal Rehabilitation coaching and Singing Coaching lies in scope of practice and primary objectives. Vocal rehabilitation coaches prioritise vocal health, rehabilitation, and addressing specific vocal challenges, whereas Singing Teachers may focus more on artistic development, singing technique for performance enhancement, and musical expression. While there may be overlap in certain techniques and principles, the emphasis and application differ based on the individual's needs and goals.

Why Lucy?

Lucy is a Specialist Speech therapist who works predominantly with professional voice users, and within that group, particularly performers. Lucy is also a professional Vocal and Singing Coach 10 years and before that a professional performer, working in London alongside touring in the UK, and concerts in Europe.

Lucy is open, honest and a good listener. She works with people from all walks of life and background. Adaptable to your needs, availability, and vocal/life goals, she will do her utmost to support you. Empowering you with the confidence and skill to safely manage your voice and get best out of your performance.

She understands the pressures put on you as professional and elite voice users, having been ‘part of your world’ for many years of her life, she is aware of the pressures on your time, finances, body, voice, and mind. This is all incorporated into how you will work together, holistically. 

 

Your voice is your whole performative self, not just your larynx!

 

References for information above:

Titze, I. R., & Verdolini Abbott, K. (2012). Vocology: The Science and Practice of Voice Habilitation. National Center for Voice and Speech.

 

McKinney, J. C. (2005). The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults: A Manual for Teachers of Singing and for Choir Directors. Waveland Press.

 

Sataloff, R. T., & Hawkshaw, M. J. (2010). Comprehensive Management of Swallowing Disorders. Singular/Thomson Learning.

 

Roy, N., & Tanner, K. (2020). Specialized Voice Assessment and Treatment. In Manual of Voice Treatment: Pediatrics Through Geriatrics (pp. 37-53). Plural Publishing.

 

Pitman, J. (2018). Vocal Rehabilitation Coaching: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives. Plural Publishing.

 

Boone, D. R., & McFarlane, S. C. (Eds.). (2013). The Voice and Voice Therapy. Pearson.

 

Behrman, A. (2001). My Voice: A Physician's Personal Experience with Throat Cancer. Yale University Press.

Adam

Performer

"She spent time understanding my limitations and the potential injury, and assessed where I was up to in my recovery. Shortly after that she presented a comprehensive, recovery and strengthening program including maintenance techniques to keep me in shape going forward. Lucy took a very hands-on approach and regularly checked in with me to make sure everything was ok. Without her, I very much doubt I would have made the start of the tour, never mind made it through! She is a star, and I highly recommend her services."

Naomi

Performer

“Gives gentle guidance and helps in a kind and encouraging manner. I feel like i'm finally understanding my own voice!"
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