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The use of basic beat box techniques in speech following laryngectomy
  • Publication Type:
    Conference presentation
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  • Authors:
    Moors T, Himonides E, Silva S, Maraschin D
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  • Medium:
    Spoken paper
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  • Name of Conference:
    Pevoc12 (PanEuropean Voice Conference: Cherishing Cross-fertilizing worlds)
  • Conference place:
    Ghent, Belgium
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  • Keywords:
    laryngectomy, throat cancer, beatboxing, voice rehabilitation, speech and language therapy
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Laryngectomy is the surgical removal of the voice box, usually performed in patients with highly developed stages of throat cancer. The psychosocial impact of losing the voice is significant, affecting a person's professional and social life in a devastating way. The physiological changes to anatomical structures involved in voicing and articulation, which is a result of surgery, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, are challenges faced in speech rehabilitation and voice outcome. Indeed articulation and tongue movement are major components in restoring communication following laryngectomy, regardless of the applied speech technique (lip speech, electrolaryngeal speech, oesophageal speech or tracheo-oesophageal speech). Regular exercise is important in controlling these structures and keeping them supple. It is however a difficult task for a speech therapist to keep the patient engaged and motivated to practice. We have adopted a multidisciplinary approach, centered on the patients’ input, and have explored the implementation of basic beatbox techniques to create a wide variety of exercises that are fun, interactive and maximize the use of the structures important in voicing.
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