Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) an help by completing videostroboscopy to visualize the larynx. This can be done with a rigid or flexible scope. This benefits the patient a great deal because they can begin to better understand the larynx and its inner-workings, for a better treatment outcome. SLPs can help by: 1) teaching patients how to open and close their vocal cords, 2) teaching rescue breathing techniques to help keep the vocal cords open during an episode 3) reducing severity and frequency of the episodes in hopes that we can get rid of them completely.
Resources for SLPs Treating VCD
Speech Pathology Management of Chronic Refractory Cough by Anne Vergitan and Peter Gibson has an EXCELLENT portion dedicated to how we treat VCD. I also spent a lot of time crafting handouts that I use in my clinic to help treat Vocal Cord Dysfunction from evaluation to the therapy room. These handouts are available HERE or on TPT. For younger clients suffering from VCD, I created the game packet called Breathe Easy which is also available either HERE or on TPT. Even in Spanish too.
Ultimately, if you are unsure of how to treat VCD, please refer to a speech-language pathologist trained and experienced in helping this population.
Wanna learn more about VCD? Click Here for a great article by K.Kenn and R. Balkissoon from the European Respiratory Journal in 2011.
Here is a great website for parents too.
Johnston KL, Bradford H, Hodges H, Moore CM, Nauman E, Olin JT. (2018) The Olin EILOBI Breathing Techniques: Description and Initial Case Series of Novel Respiratory Retraining Strategies for Athletes with Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction. Journal of Voice Nov;32(6):698-704. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.08.020
Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist in Fort Worth, Texas. She rehabilitates voice and swallowing at her private practice, a tempo Voice Center, and lectures on voice science nationally. She is part of the Professional Development Committee for ASHA Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders, and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Pan-American Vocology Association. Knickerbocker blogs on her website at www.atempovoicecenter.com. She has developed a line of kid and adult-friendly therapy materials specifically for voice on TPT or her website. Follow her on Pinterest, on Twitter and Instagram or like her on Facebook.