Assessing and Treating Respiratory Function in Motor Speech Disorders

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Leigh Ann Porter, MA, CCC-SLP & Jessica E. Huber, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Respiratory impairments impact intelligibility in people with motor speech disorders. However, assessing and treating people with these disorders can be difficult. We will describe some clinically-relevant measurements of respiratory function in speech that can be completed without expensive equipment. We will discuss how to address respiratory impairments in people with motor speech disorders.


By the conclusion of this Podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Objectively assess respiratory function during speech
  2. Develop treatment plans to address respiratory impairments in people with motor speech disorders
About Jessica: Jessica E. Huber, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. The aim of her National Institutes of Health funded research program is to develop a theoretical account of the multiple factors that influence speech production and cognitive change in older adults with and without Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to translate findings to clinical treatment resulting in improvements in communication.  She is the inventor of a small wearable device, the SpeechVive device, to treat communication impairments in people with PD. The device elicits the Lombard effect that can be exploited to improve speech clarity in individuals with PD while bypassing cognitive and sensory impairments. Her current research continues to examine the physiologic (respiratory, laryngeal, and supralaryngeal) effects of a number of speech therapy techniques including respiratory muscle strength training and using the SpeechVive device.

About Leigh Ann: Leigh Ann earned her master’s in Communication Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2013, and has enjoyed being an SLP ever since. While at UCF, Leigh Ann was part of a grant to prepare SLPs to work with English Language Learners, earning a graduate certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Leigh Ann now resides in Kansas City where she divides her time working across outpatient, acute, and inpatient rehab settings. She has presented for ASHA CEUs to regional SLPs on topics such as how the respiratory system and cough influence dysphagia, a review of the literature on dysphagia exercises, and generating measurable dysphagia goals. For multidisciplinary continuing education with PTs and OTs, Leigh Ann has presented on topics such as Cognitive Retraining with an emphasis on memory strategies, and the SLP’s scope of practice & making appropriate patient referrals to the SLP. 
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

1-12: Welcome, introduction, and Jessica’s responses to the 5 W’s and 1 H Questions

12-14: Relevance of assessing respiration during motor speech evaluations

14-24: Assessment methods of respiration

24-48: Treatment methods of respiration

48-50: Words of Advice

50-60: Case studies and Q & A

Disclosure Statement for Leigh Ann Porter:

Financial: Leigh Ann Porter is a presenter for and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Jessica Huber:

Financial: Jessica Huber is a presenter for and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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