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Abdominal Breathing - influence on voice and speech
Project of Medical School Varaždin

    Participating Schools:  1. Medical School Ante Kuzmanica Zadar
2. Medical School Bjelovar
Date:  June 13, 2016
Project Leaders (e-mail):  1. Jadranka Težački (jadranka.tezacki@gmail.com),  Medical School Varaždin
2. Zorka Renić
 (zorkarenic@gmail.com), Medical School Bjelovar
Coordinators (e-mail):  1. Verica Elveđi (verica-elvedji@net.hr), Medical School Varaždin
2. Biljana Balenović
, Medical School Bjelovar
Leader School:  Medical School Varaždin
1. Adrijana Leskovar
Brankica Gašparić
Monika Škreb
Tamara Kavedžić
Ana-Marija Komljenović
Target Group: 
Project Objectives: 
  • Analyzing the anatomy of the vocals, respiration system, vocal organ diseases
  • Inviting ''Opća bolnica Varaždin'' (General Hospital Varaždin) (clinic for phoniatric diagnosis)
  • Interviewing students and professors with the aim of diagnosing the frequency of these problems among people from both medical schools
  • Interviewing at least 2 patients who went through the therapy and automated abdominal breathing
  • Going through activities which will involve:
    a) Respirational training and relaxation techniques
    b) General bifunctional stimulations (massages and activation of articulation organs)
    c) Stimulations which help develop the perception of your own voice
  • Realizing the importance of correct breathing techniques and body control
  • Preparing and distributing leaflets with recommended vocal hygiene
  • Creating awareness of moderate reactions with the correct breathing techniques
  • Developing communication and social skills among students
  • Developing teamwork
  • Carrying out peer education

Analyzing part:
Medical School Varaždin
Analyzing vocal perception and stereotypes about what a healthy voice in one’s life actually represents, making a presentation about the anatomy and physiology of vocals, thinking of a way how to preserve your own voice, organizing activities which include respirational training and relaxation techniques, creating leaflets with recommendations of vocal techniques, visiting ''Opća bolnica Varaždin'' (General Hospital Varaždin) and

Medical School Bjelovar
Analyzing most frequent professions where these problems occur. Organizing a lecture for students and professors of both schools about voice preservation strategies in inadequate circumstances, with the help of respiratory training presentation. Carry out the respiratory training with students, with a voice register with a minor or major damage, for a week and compare the results. Common visits to General Hospitals Varaždin and (or) Bjelovar.

Place of implementation:  Varaždin and Bjelovar.
Duration (phases):  Choosing the project topic (June 2016)
Partner school selection (June 2016)
Literature review and distributing tasks among partner schools (June 2016)
Working on the project (June, September, October 2016)
Student exchange (October 2016)
Second student exchange (November 2016 or January 2017)
Final activities and creating the project presentation (January, February 2017)
Expected Results:  Goal realization
Risk Factors:


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Second exchange in the project
"Influence of correct breathing techniques on voice and speech“


    Students Adrijana Leskovar, Brankica Gašparić and Monika Škreb of Secondary School of medicine Varaždin visited Secondary School of medicine Bjelovar with their mentor Jadranka Težački on Wensday, February 1, 2017. They were greeted by Ana-Marija Komljenović, Tamara Kavedžić and their mentor Zorka Renić.

   Most of the time was spent discussing the contents of E-medica presentation. Together, students and mentors shaped a working version of presentation. The future assignments and deadlines were assigned for a project "Influence of correct breathing techniques on voice and speech".
   The students from Varaždin attended "Health care of healthy children and adolescents" class. Marina Šostaric, a teacher and coordinator of E-medica project at Secondary School of Medicine Bjelovar showed the students a medical care cabinet. Guests also visited the dental technicians cabinet where they were welcomed by Snježana Pašalić, a teacher mentor of professional studies.
   After a short tour of the town, students visited a physiotherapy cabinet. Students from 3 b class, mentored by Katarina Koh, prepared a workshop titled "Exercise on voice and speech".

At 5 p.m. our guests from Varaždin left.


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The first exchange of students within project
"The Correct Breathing Technique – Influence On Voice And Speech"

    On thursday 27th October 2016 disciples of the Medical school Bjelovar, Ana-Marija Komljenović and Tamara Kavedžić including the mentor Zorko Renić, visited the Medical school Varaždin at 8'o clock where they met disciples of the Medical school Varaždin: Adrijana Leskovar, Brankica Gašparić i Monika Škreb along with the mentor Jadrankom Težački.
   We made our way to the General hospital Varaždin, Phoniatric diagnostics office, where the speech therapist Nenad Jertec awaited with a small group of patients, anti-dysphonia therapy participants. Disciple exchange took place at the fourth day of the therapy, but disciples of the Medical school Varaždin attended the therapy since monday.
   All together we arrived to the gymnastics hall where we performed fluent berathing exercises, muscule relaxing and streching, face massages, guided visualzation and meditation and phonics exercises. After that went to the lecture hall where we had
phonics exercises again, with professional assistance of following the PC programme Praat which helped us get an insight to the intensity and frequency of our voices. We practised relaxed speech using the abdominal breathing technique, muscule relaxation, reducing speech force. The point of the therapy is to automate usage of the correct breathing techniques and to optimize the voice intensity and frequency: no voice motion (motorics), covered ears (vibration), closed eyes (sound perception), placing a hand in front of the mouth (modificated sound). Focus can be replaced from vocal chords to face mimics. With a quote „Voice is an energy“ we finished the therapy at the hospital and decided to take a walk around Varaždin. The therapy in OB Varaždin lasted 8.30 – 13.00 hours, including two breakes (10-20 minutes).

   After the walk we had a lunch at the student restoraunt, after which we went to the medical school Varaždin, where our guests went through all specialized laboratories and the computer science cabinet and school library. They also met the school coordinator for e-medica, teacher Nataša Vuković. Then the disciples of Bjelovar along with their mentor took place in the food chemistry class which has been guided by Nataša Bosilj and exercises in chemistry laboratory, which our disciples-guests found interesing and entertaining, because they're farmacy tehnicians so they met disciples of the same interests and goals.

   At 17.30 our guests from Bjelovar said goodbye to us 'til the next disciple exchange which was planned to take place in december this year in Bjelovar.

Jadranka Težački, prof.

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