Online Course: Introduction to Postural Principles for Speech Therapists and Physiotherapists
Understand the link between posture and performance in singers
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The relationship between posture and speech is well recognised. Changes in posture have a direct impact on vocal performance and patients with dysphonia often present with specific postural dysfunctions. If these postural anomalies and associated muscular compensations are not addressed, singers may have ongoing issues with their performance. This course, therefore, provides an in-depth discussion of posture and specific principles that can be used to manage postural dysfunction.
The aim of this course is to provide you with an understanding of normal posture and common postural dysfunctions. It also introduces postural approaches that may be beneficial for speech therapists.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.9 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- list complementary interventions preferred by singers
- discuss posture, the concept of “good posture” and common postural abnormalities
- analyse the relationship between postural dysfunction and musculoskeletal or speech / swallowing disorders
- describe three key approaches to posture
- elect an appropriate treatment for postural dysfunction in singers based on a case scenario