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Coaching Strategies for Behavioral Voice Therapy and Training

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      Coaching is one of the most common words in our modern vocabulary and has many meanings depending on the setting in which it is used. Coaching facilitates positive changes to achieve a goal, usually through indirect approaches, including improving an individual's outlook on their behaviors or attitudes. Its application has spread beyond the corporate world, and many medical specialties use coaching principles. The goals of this article are to introduce coaching as a profession, and to explore the function of a vocal coach to improve communicative and vocal performance. Moreover, differences between voice therapy and voice training are highlighted, including the principles subjacent to these interventions and the use of coaching strategies. Four strategies of professional coach practitioners adapted to the training and therapy of the voice with applications to both are described. These are: powerful questions, active listening, changing habits, and implementation intention. The use of these strategies may help individuals to achieve high voice performance. Most importantly, the speech-language pathologist voice specialist can apply these strategies particularly in cases of behavioral dysphonias, which can be resistant to traditional voice therapy.

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