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Sunday 7th May 2017, 9:30am – 4:45pm
Baden Powell House, South Kensington, London SW7 5JS

A day designed primarily for Speech and Language Therapists specialising in voice disorders, although other related professionals are welcome. The day will focus on voice therapy techniques including Lax Vox, resonant voice work and the management of psychogenic voice disorders in children.

The day will be practical and interactive, although the theoretical background and current evidence base for the techniques discussed will be included where possible.


  • Lesley Cavalli
    Head of the SLT Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
  • Sue Jones
    SLT Lead, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester
  • Brian Saccente-Kennedy
    Voice Specialist SLT, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, London

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Lax Vox: Theory and Practice

Brian Saccente-Kennedy, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lax Vox is one of the more popular forms of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises practised by therapists in Europe for a variety of reasons; it is visual, tactile, kinaesthetic, accessible and, perhaps most importantly, fun! This session will look at the scientific underpinnings for semi-occluded vocal tract (SOVT) approaches and where Lax Vox fits as an oscillatory or vibrationally bi-modal form of semi-occlusion. Delegates will have an opportunity to practise the technique. Please bring a small plastic water bottle (500ml or smaller) with 5cm of water in it. We will provide the necessary tubes.


11.30 – 1.00
Psychogenic Voice Disorder in Young People – a management approach
Lesley Cavalli, Voice Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, GOSH, London
This session will outline an approach to working with young people that is family-centred and founded on a CBT framework.  The importance of the team around the child/young person will also be examined. Practical techniques for facilitating voice and identifying the causal factors underpinning the voice loss/change will be included. Case study examples will underpin the session’s content.


2.00 – 3.30
Vocal Resonance – Exploring Humming
Sue Jones, Voice Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester
Humming as a method of achieving good vocal resonance is a long-established technique used by many clinicians. This session explores the scientific basis behind the technique and demonstrates its practical use from single word to conversational speech in the clinic setting. There will be opportunities for delegates to observe and to participate in small groups.

3.30 – 4.00

4.00 – 4.45
Questions and Discussion


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  • Earlybird rate – until 7th April 2017
    Members: £85
    Non-members: £115
    Students: £50

  • Standard rate – after 7th April 2017
    Members: £95
    Non-members: £125
    Students: £60


How to book

For more information email: administrator@britishvoiceassociation.org.uk


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