The VIP is a user-friendly, point-in-time assessment tool which provides an 'at a glance' vocal profile for the clinician, voice coach and client. It examines the potential impact of a number of specific factors on the voice: general health; vocal history; vocal health; voice care; vocal status; voice genogram; anxiety and stress; social functioning; vocal demand; and environmental factors, and offers an overview of the theory to support this choice.
The questions have been carefully designed to elicit easily-recorded information from the client about a range of factors that are known to affect vocal quality.
The tick-box answers then translate into the Vocal Impact Profile, a visual presentation of the areas of greatest impact on voice.
Self-administered by the client, the questionnaire should take approximately ten to fifteen minutes to complete.
The clinician or voice coach enters the responses into the computer programme (supplied on CD-ROM) or transfers them manually on to the hard copy thus offering a clear visual representation of the results.
VIP can be used as a template for achieving change in a specific area of vulnerability and provide a robust visual reinforcement of that change over time. It is, therefore, helpful as a therapy-monitoring tool and as an evaluation of client awareness, behavioural change and clinical effectiveness.
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"This is a highly organised evaluation tool...found it to be useful and will continue to use it." Heather Taylor, Independent Speech and Language Therapist, Independent talking Points
"This resource will be of great value to all professionals working with voice." The International Centre for Voice
"this book with CD-ROM provide a subjective, qualitative measure of the voice...clearly laid out...easy to use." Clare Lee, Lead voice therapist at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Speech & Language Therapy in Practice
Stephanie Martin is a Speech Language Therapist whose career has combined clinical practice and research as well as lecturing at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. Her professional focus of interest is occupational voice disorders and her doctoral research explored factors that impact vocal performance and vocal effectiveness of newly qualified teachers and lecturers. Stephanie is a Council member and President Elect of the British Voice Association's newsletter. Among her publications are 'The Voice Sourcebook' (with Lyn Darnley, Speechmark, 1992 and with Myra Lockhart, 'Working with Voice Disorders', Speechmark, 2000. Myra Lockhart is a Speech Language Therapy Manager, an expert practitioner in clinical voice disorders and head and neck disorders and has been an advisor to the Royal College of Speech Language Therapists for many years. She has published and presented papers on voice intervention, the use of objective assessment and clinical effectiveness and has a special interest in the occupational voice. Myra is currently involved in ENT Service Redesign in Scotland. With Stephanie Martin, Myra is the co-author of 'Working with Voice Disorders', Speechmark, 2000.