Teachers are vulnerable to voice disorders and students entering the field of teaching have insufficient awareness of vocal problems and vocal care according to researchers who will be presenting their findings during the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) National Convention in Philadelphia this week.
In addition, according to ASHA member Merry Sullivan and her colleagues, future teachers would benefit from systematic instruction in voice care and use before entering the profession. Speech-language pathologists are uniquely qualified to educate teachers on how to protect their voice and increase their awareness of symptoms and risk factors (such as smoking and whispering) of vocal disorders.
The researchers will discuss their findings on Friday, November 19, at 10:00 a.m. in Hall C at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Awareness of Vocal Problems in Future Teachers, Session 1903, Poster Board 371).
Their presentation is part of ASHA's Annual Convention, which begins November 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Convention will feature 3 days of workshops, paper sessions, poster presentations, and the Keynote Session by Nancy Goodman Brinker (Founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation), plus the Annie Glenn Award, which will be given to performing artist and "New Kid on the Block" Joey McIntyre. The Convention runs through Saturday, November 20.
These important findings are one example of the research being discussed during ASHA's Annual Convention. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists as well as other speech, language, and hearing scientists, gather every year at ASHA's Convention to share their research with their colleagues. This sharing of information results in better care for the people they serve.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.