Speech Therapy Course Summary:
This course has been developed by Consultant SLT Christella Antoni to assist SLTs who work with Voice clients .
Suitable for SLTs:
- Beginning work with voice clients
- Wishing to develop voice skills
- In mixed therapy posts
- Transferring/rotating into a voice post
- Returning to voice work
- In Community posts
Voice disorders and assessment
Overview of types of voice disorders including:
- Vocal fold paresis and paralysis
- Vocal fold nodules
- Muscle tension dysphonia
- Spasmodic dysphonia
- Psychogenic voice
- Ageing voice
- Assessment summary : perceptual, objective, SLT & patient rating
- Audio samples
- Therapy techniques and training
essential exercises applicable to a variety of voice disorders
Experiential learning / training for SLTs in the following:
- Breath and voice release
- Semi occluded vocal tract
- Resonance balance
- Onset of the note
- Task progression
- Successful generalisation
- Therapy outcomes
CHRISTELLA ANTONI, BA Hons., MSc, HCPC, MRCSLT, MASLTIP - Condensed biography
Christella Antoni is a Consultant SLT who specialises in Voice work. Qualifying in 1995 from UCL, Christella worked for 15 years as a Lead Voice Clinician for both Imperial Hospitals NHS Trust at Charing Cross Hospital and for West London Mental Health Trust at the Gender Identity Clinic.
Currently, Christella works in Independent practice from her London Treatment rooms. In addition, she has a specialist role within the ENT department at Charing Cross Hospital, operating the Joint Voice clinic with Mr Guri Sandhu, Consultant ENT. She is the SLT representative on the committee of British Laryngological Association (BLA).
Christella has extensive training in Voicecraft and is noted for her own ability to demonstrate voice qualities. As well as voice rehabilitation, Christella works with singing and performance voice. She is the UK’s leading transgender voice specialist and represents the UK on the SLT committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health ( WPATH) .
Since 2001, Christella has offered training courses to SLTs in Voice and transgender voice. Her courses are consistently rated as ‘excellent’ by attendees. She has supported many SLTs on a national level via training, mentoring and supervision and s a keen supporter of SLT students.
Christella has spoken widely at conferences and courses and has appeared in a range of television and radio broadcasts including ITV,s ‘This Morning’ programme (2004-2017); Radio Wolfgang’s Science(ish) (2016); BBC Radio 4’s The Vox Project ; Stephen Fry’s English Delight (2010); BBC 4’s The Voice (2008); and A Voice Like Honey, BBC Radio 2 (2006).