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Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion/Vocal Cord Dysfunction Treatment

presented by Mary J. Sandage, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Financial: Mary Sandage receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Mary Sandage has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Irritable larynx syndrome (ILS) provides a vital theoretical framework from which to consider treatment for paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM). The information from a patient's initial case history and behavioral assessment for treatment planning and execution is described. The specific treatment framework for PVFM is covered with attention to lifespan and unique populations. Case studies are provided to apply the didactic material covered.

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Mary J. Sandage, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Mary J. Sandage, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Auburn University. She earned her M.S. degree in speech language pathology from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Exercise Science at Auburn University. She has been a clinician for over 24 years, specializing in the assessment and…

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1. Treatment for Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion

This chapter will describe the stages behavioral intervention strategy, for home practice and for symptom control. There are three primary steps in the treatment pathway: train body awareness, train relaxed breathing, and train the breathing recovery exercise for PVFM avoidance and recovery.

2. Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion Case Studies

This chapter will apply all of the assessment and treatment material covered in the context of case studies that extend from the young child to the older adult. It will be apparent from the case studies that each client referred with this diagnosis will require a unique approach and adaptation of the basic behavioral approach.

3. Q&A Session

In this Question and Answer session, a fellow speech language pathologist asks Dr. Sandage questions about the previous two chapters. Topics discussed include: how the amount of time a person has a cough can impact their prognosis, where to find the measurement tools mentioned in the course, and the types of measurable goals to give patients in this population.

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