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Jackie Gartner-Schmidt

PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, professor of otolaryngology, and director of Speech-Language Pathology-Voice Division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt's 25-year clinical and research focus specializes on care of the professional voice, as well as clinical effectiveness of voice therapy, and respiratory retraining. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt has more than a decade of NIH-funded clinical research experience as a co-investigator focusing on the development and efficacy of different voice therapy programs and has co-authored seven patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). She has written numerous publications and book chapters and frequently presents nationally and internationally. She has also presented a TEDx Talk on voice and perception. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt is co-director of one of the largest voice therapy conferences in the nation.

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The It Factor: Strategies for Developing the Therapeutic Alliance

Presented by Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Edie R. Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

The It Factor: Strategies for Developing the Therapeutic Alliance

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Video Runtime: 89 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 34 Minutes

Although many speech-language pathologists (SLPs) take a seminar in voice disorders, training in the application of effective intervention strategies for use in treatment of the voice-disordered patient is all too frequently a small component of their educational training. An even smaller component of voice training is in what is being called the "metatherapy" of voice therapy. Many have referred to this category as "clinical expertise" and the SLP's "silent know-how." Yet, others have long referred to it as the "it factor" that master clinicians cultivate after years of experience. This clinical expertise refers to the clinician's cumulated experience, education, and clinical skills (ASHA, 2004). This course will help the voice clinician understand the factors that take therapy from the application of voice therapy tasks to connecting those tasks to patient trust and relevancy and engaging the patient in therapy for improved outcomes and adherence. This course can and should be viewed often as the clinician moves through the MedBridge voice curriculum to refresh the perspective that the what in voice therapy is important, but the how may be the magic ingredient to success.

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Patient Candidacy for Voice Therapy: Stimulability Assessment

Presented by Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Patient Candidacy for Voice Therapy: Stimulability Assessment

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Video Runtime: 62 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 32 Minutes

Despite voice therapy being present in the literature for more than 60 years, no objective measure exists to guide voice-specialized speech-language pathologists (SLPs) on which patients are likely to succeed in voice therapy and which are not. Yet, there is a large body of evidence that shows favorable immediate effects of various voice techniques on voice production. Assessing patient candidacy for voice therapy before enrolling in treatment could save both money and time for the patient. Because most voice therapy programs necessitate that patients alter voice production to ultimately change conversational speech, engaging in stimulability probes using connected speech is advisable. Furthermore, most studies on voice therapy enroll patients based on a characteristic diagnosis. However, voice therapy treats the patient's ability to modify the voice and voice behaviors, not a diagnosis. Without evidence-based methods to guide our referrals to voice therapy, as well as inclusion criteria for studies on voice therapy, patients will continue to be referred based solely on laryngeal diagnosis and not vocal ability. This course will disentangle both qualitative and quantitative patient characteristics from patient abilities to recommend the most effective treatment of a specific patient, but also for counseling patients about therapeutic expectations.

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Conversation Training Therapy

Presented by Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Amanda I. Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP

Conversation Training Therapy

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Video Runtime: 63 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 33 Minutes

Conversation Training Therapy (CTT) is a new voice treatment approach based on theories of motor learning. CTT eliminates the therapeutic hierarchy and treats a patient's voice problem using patient-driven conversation as the sole therapeutic stimulus. CTT has demonstrated efficacy in patients with muscle tension dysphonia and benign vocal fold lesions. This course will introduce the student to the scientific underpinnings of CTT and the primary therapeutic tenets of CTT, as well as provide practical troubleshooting tips.

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Flow Phonation

Presented by Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Flow Phonation

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This course introduces students and clinicians to flow phonation. Phonation is the generation of sound by way of vocal fold vibration. Flow phonation is a therapeutic concept, which focuses on airflow and the balance between airflow and phonation in sound production. Participants will classify the theoretical rationale for flow phonation from other voice therapy techniques and recognize how flow phonation is a prerequisite for resonant voice. Flow phonation, when produced correctly, decreases phonatory effort "in the throat" and relieves the patient of throat/vocal constriction, shortness of breath during speech, and increases clarity of sound.

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