The Voice Use Reduction Program The purpose of this article is to describe a structured behavior modification approach tothe reduction of voice use by clients with voice disorders. The Voice Use Reduction (VUR) Program is conceptualized as part of a comprehensive approach to the treatment of voice. The VUR Program provides guidelines for the classification ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   August 01, 2004
The Voice Use Reduction Program
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Anita van der Merwe, PhD
    University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Contact author: Anita van der Merwe, PhD, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa. E-mail: anita.vandermerwe@up.ac.za
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosody / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   August 01, 2004
The Voice Use Reduction Program
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2004, Vol. 13, 208-218. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2004/022)
History: Received April 10, 2002 , Accepted March 30, 2004
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2004, Vol. 13, 208-218. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2004/022)
History: Received April 10, 2002; Accepted March 30, 2004
Web of Science® Times Cited: 5

The purpose of this article is to describe a structured behavior modification approach tothe reduction of voice use by clients with voice disorders. The Voice Use Reduction (VUR) Program is conceptualized as part of a comprehensive approach to the treatment of voice. The VUR Program provides guidelines for the classification of voice use situations, the assignment of voice use units to different situations, and the calculation of the maximum number of units per day and per week in a severe, moderate, and low voice use reduction program. Two case examples are described to illustrate the application of the VUR Program. The results of an evaluation of the VUR Program by 10 female students who presented with vocal nodules and applied the program also are included.

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