1 Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, Københavns Universitet2 Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, Københavns Universitet
A typical goal of voice therapy is a behavioral change in the patient’s everyday speech. The SLP’s plan for voice therapy should therefore optimally include strategies for automatization. The aim of the present study was to identify and describe factors that promote behavioral learning and habit change in voice behavior and have the potential to affect patient compliance and thus therapy outcome. Research literature from the areas of motor and behavioral learning, habit formation, and habit change was consulted. Also, specific elements from personal experience of clinical voice therapy are described and discussed from a learning theory perspective. Nine factors that seem to be relevant to facilitate behavioral learning and habit change in voice therapy are presented, together with related practical strategies and theoretical underpinnings. These are: 1) Cue-altering; 2) Attention exercises; 3) Repetition; 4) Cognitive activation; 5) Negative practice; 6) Inhibition through interruption; 7) Decomposing complex behavior; 8) The ‘each time–every time’ principle; and 9) Successive implementation of automaticity.
Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 2014, Vol Early Online, p. 1-8
Faculty of Humanities; behavioral learning; habit change; voice therapy