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New Canaan's Waveny LifeCare Launches Voice Therapy Specialty Program

Speech language pathologist Sally Connolly is leading Waveny LifeCare Network's new voice therapy specialty program.
Speech language pathologist Sally Connolly is leading Waveny LifeCare Network's new voice therapy specialty program. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Waveny LifeCare Network has launched a voice therapy specialty program on both an outpatient and home-based basis through Waveny’s rehabilitation services and Waveny Home Healthcare.

Led by speech-language pathologist Sally Connolly, voice therapy offered through Waveny can address a variety of needs stemming from medical conditions or trauma, or even help to enhance normal vocal functions such as projection or singing.

“Many factors can lead to lost or reduced vocal function,” said Connolly. “Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease can negatively impact one’s voice and speech, as can other conditions or physical conditions such as cancer or trauma to the larynx. Voice therapy can help significantly in many of these cases.”

“Many people experience frustration due to a hoarse or breathy voice, while others have difficulty projecting their voices in specific social settings or in the workplace,” said Connolly. “In fact, sometimes people lose their speaking voice or parts of their vocal range completely. In these instances, voice therapy can often restore or improve the voice and provide more personal control."

A professional singer and flutist, Connolly can attest to the value of vocal therapy, as her own personal experience with vocal loss and subsequent treatment was a driving force in shaping her career path as a speech pathologist.

“I lost part of my vocal range while I was in college at Brown University,” said Connolly. “In my speech pathology program at Boston University, I had the honor of completing a specialty clinical placement at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and was able to apply the therapy techniques I learned to resolve my own voice issues.”

To find out more about the program, call Waveny’s Outpatient Rehabilitation department at 203-594-5335.

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