assignment 2

You will need a stopwatch or clock with a second hand and pencil and paper

Now that you are learning about the dynamics of the respiratory system and its structures, perform these tasks and record your results and observations.


  1. First, stand upright.Take a deep breath and say “eeeeee” for as long as you can without stopping to take another breath.Use the stopwatch (or clock) to time the prolongation.Record your time.
  2. Sing the alphabet while standing.Observe the relative effort in completing this activity. Record your time.
  3. Lie down on your back (supine position). Take a deep breath and say “eeeee” again for as long as you can.Time and record.
  4. Sing the alphabet while lying down.Observe the relative effort in completing this activity. Record your time.
  5. Finally, lie on your stomach (prone position).Take another deep breath and prolong “eeeee” until breath is exhausted.Time and record.
  6. Now sing the alphabet while on your stomach.Observe the relative effort in completing this activity. Record your time.

(If you are unable to complete these tasks due to a physical limitations, ask someone else to do them for you).

In a Word Document include your data and write up your analysis and conclusions answering the following questions:

  1. What differences were found in the length of the sustained vowel productions across different body positions? Include your data. 5pts
  2. What do you suggest has caused this difference?  5pts
  3. Compare the relative effort required to sing the alphabet song in each position.Was there a difference?Why or why not? Include your data. 5pts
  4. Discuss the impact of body position on lung volumes and capacities. Be specific and use the appropriate terminology. 5pts
  5. Identify a disease or condition that may cause a physical disability that can impact respiration and speech production due to respiratory difficulty. Be sure to include a description of the disease or condition. Discuss the potential effects of this physical disability on posture and predict the effects on spoken communication due to respiratory difficulties. Give specific examples of how speech is impacted.5ptsPlease note that being bedridden or in a wheelchair may be theresultof a physical disability and not the disability itself. Also, paralysis or weakness areresults and not causes. The actual physical disability must be named. Do not use temporary conditions (allergies, pnemonia or other illnesses. Do not discuss being bedridden. Most clients treated by speech-language pathologists are not bedridden, but may have impaired respiration


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AssignmentBenchmark – Individual Client Health History and Examination

In this assignment, you will be completing a health assessment on an older adult. To complete this assignment, do the following:

Perform a health history on an older adult. Students who do not work in an acute setting may “practice” these skills with a patient, community member, neighbor, friend, colleague, or loved one. (If an older individual is not available, you may choose a younger individual).Complete a physical examination of the client using the “Health History and Examination” assignment resource. Use the “Functional Health Pattern Assessment” resource as a guideline to assist you in completing the template.Document findings of complete physical examination in Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation (SBAR) format. Refer to the sample SBAR Template located on the National Nurse Leadership Council website at as a guide.Document the findings of the physical examination in the assessment worksheet.Using the “Health History and Examination” assignment resource, provide the physical examination findings summary with planned interventions for the client. Include any community services in the interventions.APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.