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Voice therapy is a specialized area of therapy provided by Idaho Speech & Swallow, aimed at treating voice disorders ranging from hoarseness and voice loss to more severe conditions like vocal cord nodules or paralysis. This therapy, typically conducted by skilled speech-language pathologists (SLPs), employs a variety of techniques to improve the strength, endurance, and quality of the voice, with the primary goal of achieving optimal vocal function with minimal effort.

What is Voice Therapy?

Voice therapy at Idaho Speech & Swallow involves personalized techniques, evidenced-based and exercises designed to enhance vocal health. This type of therapy benefits those with voice disorders due to misuse or overuse, as well as individuals suffering from medical conditions affecting the voice.

Conditions Treated by Voice Therapy

Idaho Speech & Swallow's voice therapy can address conditions such as:

  • Vocal nodules and polyps: benign growths caused by vocal strain.
  • Vocal cord paralysis: a lack of movement in one or both vocal cords.
  • Reinke’s edema: vocal cord swelling due to fluid buildup.
  • Muscle tension dysphonia: excessive tension in the laryngeal muscles.
  • Laryngitis: inflammation of the larynx leading to voice issues.

Techniques Used in Voice Therapy

At Idaho Speech & Swallow, voice therapy may include:

  1. Vocal Hygiene: Educating patients on caring for their voice to avoid strain.
  2. Breathing Exercises: Enhancing respiratory support for voice production.
  3. Phonation Exercises: Improving vocal cord vibration for clearer sound.
  4. Resonance Training: Adjusting voice resonance for better quality.
  5. Relaxation Techniques: Minimizing tension around the vocal mechanism.
  6. Strengthening Exercises: Building the endurance of vocal muscles.

Benefits of Voice Therapy

Participants in voice therapy at Idaho Speech & Swallow can experience:

  • Improved vocal quality and ease of speaking.
  • Reduction in voice strain and discomfort.
  • Enhanced communication abilities.
  • Prevention of further vocal damage.

Who Can Benefit?

Voice therapy is beneficial for everyone, not just professional voice users like singers or teachers. It is particularly valuable for those with vocations demanding frequent vocal use and individuals with medical conditions that affect vocal function.


Voice therapy offered by Idaho Speech & Swallow is an effective treatment for individuals facing voice challenges. Through comprehensive therapy programs tailored to each client's needs, patients can expect to improve their vocal health and overall communication, enhancing their quality of life. The success of voice therapy largely depends on the individual's adherence to the therapy program and the specific nature of their voice disorder.

What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is the medical term for a swallowing disorder. It can be caused by a stroke, brain injury, dementia, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, head and neck cancer, radiation, acid reflux and esophageal issues, or even brought on by certain medications. Some signs and symptoms of dysphagia include:

  • Trouble swallowing foods, drinks, pills, etc.
  • Fatigue and increased effort during meals
  • Coughing and choking while eating or drinking
  • Food getting "stuck" while swallowing
  • Food, drinks, or pills "going down the wrong pipe"
  • Weight loss, malnutrition, or reduced food/drink consumption
  • Regurgitation or feeling food/drink coming back up after swallowing
  • Pain or discomfort with swallowing
  • Requiring tube feeding for nutrition and hydration
  • Aspiration pneumonia

Swallowing Therapy

At Idaho Speech & Swallow Services we treat dysphagia in adults by using evidence-based treatment techniques including strengthening exercises, manual therapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Protocol (MDTP), respiratory muscle strength training, and biofeedback to help you:

  • Safely eat and drink the food and drinks you enjoy
  • Maintain a nutritious diet that aligns with your preferences, culture, and enjoyment of eating and drinking
  • Learn helpful strategies to reduce your dysphagia symptoms and improve efficiency of your swallow
  • Enjoy meals with friends and family confidently without anxiety, fear, or embarrassment

Cammy, a dedicated Speech-language Pathologist with almost a decade of experience, graduated with a Master’s of Science from the University of Montana. She has worked across various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, home health, and skilled nursing, developing a keen passion for serving the adult and geriatric populations. Cammy is committed to providing holistic, high-quality therapy that focuses on treating the individual, not just the patient. With dreams of owning a private practice that offers superior service free from corporate constraints, she aims to deliver comprehensive, functional therapy. Outside of her professional life, Cammy enjoys adventures with her family and dog, embracing an active, outdoor lifestyle...


  • 55 yr old male - In Boise

    The Idaho Speech And Swallow Services was the only one who could resolve swallowing issues in one of my family members. Cammy Lawlor, who is the speech pathologist, is the best educated speech pathologist we have run into after encountering several of them after a hospitalization. I highly recommend her as she is very knowledgeable, professional, and personable. Don’t give up hope if you have swallowing issues. I’m sure Cammy will be able to help you!

  • 57 yr old female - In Eagle

    Cammy Lawlor SLP is a superb speech therapist, and I really appreciated her expertise, compassion, encouragement and support throughout the therapeutic journey.  She is very knowledgeable in her field and has excellent contacts in the valley for other health care resources as well.  I highly recommend her!

  • 44 yr old female - In Meridian

    Finding Cammy was a blessing. My husband was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and we needed someone that worked with Parkinson’s patients and the speak out program. Cammy was able to connect with my husband and help increase his volume, slow his speech and make him  more aware as he spoke. The lessons were invaluable. She is very connected to the Parkinson’s community  and has been helpful with advice and resources. We love her!!! Best decision ever.

  • 32 yr old female - In Boise

    Our client was referred to Cammy after we had little success using another speech and swallow service through the hospital. Our client had reservations of trying again but Cammy put their fears at ease almost instantly. She was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, very thorough and tailored her treatment to the clients specific needs. As a Care Manager for a non-profit with multiple clients we will definitely be requesting her again and again! Absolutely amazing service!

  • 52 yr old female - In Boise

    So helpful! Cammy brings her wealth of knowledge, treasury of resources, and her love of helping people heal into every session. We love having her on our therapy team as we navigate this healing process.

  • 63 yr old female - In Boise

    Cammy is amazing at her profession. So in tune with her patients. She definitely goes above and beyond any other therapist(s) I have been to. I had 2 cervical spine fusion surgeries, 6 months apart. My post surgical repercussions included: my throat, swallowing, esophagus, larynx, vocal cords, the function of my hyoid bone, epiglottis, severe nerve and muscle damage etc. I am still recovering but I have tons of hope because of her treatment to and for me.I hope I got this right :)Thank goodness for you Cammy!


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“Cammy has helped and taught me so much, my memory has improved with the strategies she showed me”

-84 yr old female with Mild Cognitive Impairment

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