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Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies





Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 27th March - no refunds can be given after this date.

Please e-mail Katie, to check availability before booking your place.



Laryngeal manual therapy as a treatment option for patients with muscle tension dysphonia: a Speech & Language Therapists’ job?

Annelies Labaere, Lecturer at the Department of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, Thomas More University College,  Antwerp



Date:   Thursday 2nd March 2017

Time:   17:30 – 19.30

Cost:  €25.00

Venue:   Room 103/104, First Floor, Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2

Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD) is a voice disorder with a complex, multifactorial etiology and is often accompanied by vocal tract discomfort. Laryngeal Manual Therapy (LMT) can be used to change habituated muscle tension patterns in the perilaryngeal area. The combination of LMT and vocal exercises can provoke a quick break-through in the treatment of voice disorders.

This workshop will start with an overview of MTD and the rationale behind LMT as a treatment option, including current evidence. Afterwards, there will be a hands-on session: participants will learn how to evaluate body posture and to palpate perilaryngeal muscles in a safe way.




Participants will be able to:

•Understand the rationale behind LMT as a treatment option for MTD
•Understand the need of teamwork in treating complex voice disorders
•Make a basic evaluation of body posture and tension in perilaryngeal muscles
•Apply several LMT techniques


Annelies Labaere has obtained a Master of Science degree in Logopaedic and Audiological Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She has been working for several years as a speech and language therapist at the University Hospitals of Leuven, mainly at the voice clinic. She is currently teaching voice and voice disorders at Thomas More University College, Antwerp (Belgium). She organizes the post qualification course on voice disorders and is Research Co-ordinator at the department of speech and language therapy.


Please e-mail Katie to check availability before booking. 

Places limited to 20.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 24th February 2017

No refunds can be given after this date





This continuous professional development (CPD) online course has been developed by the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin. The clinically focused course aims to provide qualified speech and language therapists and other healthcare professionals with the opportunity to develop their understanding of instrumental dysphagia examinations. Whether you have access to instrumentation or you come across these examinations in the research literature, this course will equip you with up to date knowledge on instrumental evaluations employed in dysphagia clinical practice and research.

On successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be aware of the indications for an instrumental  dysphagia evaluation
  2. Be familiar with the purposes of the instrumental dysphagia evaluations employed in research and clinical practice
  3. Have knowledge of resources and protocols required to complete dysphagia instrumental examinations
  4. Be familiar with the analysis of data from instrumental dysphagia examinations
  5. Recognise the advantages and limitations of various instrumental  dysphagia evaluations

This course provides students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study is flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in learning activities at home or in the workplace and there is no requirement to attend at the Trinity campus in Dublin. Students get weekly online access to learning materials and must study these materials and complete activities set each week by the lecturer.

Please note this course does not provide a professional qualification to work in the field of dysphagia. Certificates of participation will be provided to students who complete the course. 

Course Organisation
The online course is delivered over a two week period where learning materials are released each Monday. These materials include videos, interactive presentations, relevant literature and short quizzes.

Course Modules
The course includes one module with two weekly sessions. These sessions include:

Session 1: Biomechanical Instrumental Examinations
A.      Introduction to Instrumental Dysphagia Examinations
B.      Radiological Tests
C.      Endoscopic Exams

Session 2: Physiological Instrumental Examinations
D.      Gastroenterological Exams
E.       Neurophysiological Tests
F.       Protocols: Basic Principles
G.     The Importance of Test Validation  
H.      Conclusion
There is no formal assessment for this course. However, students must engage with all online learning materials provided before a certificate of participation is achieved.
CPD Information
This online course can be considered towards CPD for professionals associated with CORU. The online course will provide 6 CPD credits

Course enquiries: Dr Julie Regan:

Closing date for online course registration: 6th February 2017

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