Help your teachers protect one of their most important assets – their voice. Whether in the start of their teaching career or nearing the end it’s never too late to learn helpful habits.

Understanding Your Vocal Health

Presenter: Caitlin Buchel

Caitlin Buchel is the owner and managing clinician of the Buchel Speech & Language Group, a private speech-language pathology (SLP) practice offering services in Winnipeg, and throughout Manitoba. She specializes in SLP stroke and acquired brain injury rehabilitation, the management of communication difficulties related to neurodegenerative disease, as well as the treatment of voice disorders and fluency problems. Her treatment of voice disorders, in particular, includes comprehensive assessment, the development of individualized voice treatment plans, the implementation of vocal hygiene training, and use of various vocal behavioural techniques as well as amplification to address voice difficulties and disorders.

In addition to treating patients, Caitlin regularly discusses her work – and SLP practice generally – at a variety of conferences and speaking engagements. She created a video lecture series discussing the effects of stroke and brain injury on communication for Red River College. She has presented as part of the Senior Centre Without Walls program in Winnipeg, and discussed the assessment and management of swallowing disorders at the 2013 Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism. She has also delivered sessions on communication, aging, and dementia. This year, Caitlin spoke at a conference held by Rupert’s Land Caregiver Services and recently spoke at conference held by the Manitoba Brain Injury Association.

Trained at the University of Western Ontario, Caitlin practiced at a number of public facilities prior to starting her private practice. She is a registered SLP with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM), and is a member of the college’s board. She is clinically certified through Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC), Canada’s national SLP and audiology organization. Caitlin is also a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).

Believing in the importance of evidence informed practice based on current knowledge, Caitlin is actively involved in ongoing professional development. For example, in February 2012, she attended the Ontario Brain Injury Association’s course Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury. The next year, Caitlin attended the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Cognitive Rehabilitative Manual two-day training workshop in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2014, Caitlin attended Dr. Linda Rammage’s presentation on a Client-Centered Approach to the Management of Voice Disorders. In February 2015, Caitlin attended the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists’ post-graduate course, “Clinical Short Course in Cognitive-Communication Disorders, Level 2” presented by Shelia MacDonald.

Presentation Topics Include (but are not limited to)
  • Vocal hygiene
  • Stress and your voice: impacts and management strategies
  • Voice and classroom acoustics
  • Non-verbal techniques to save your voice and manage your school and home life
  • Reflux and your voice: impacts and management strategies
  • Using a safe loud voice (this might be a “second level” class as you must have established some good vocal technique prior to trying to use loud voice)
  • Resonant voice: using good vocal technique to maximize your voice
  • Communication and aging: typical and atypical changes in communication as we age
  • Assistive technology and its role in communication