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  • Lori Melnitsky

Why Parkinson's Patients might need Voice Therapy

Speak Out is a speech therapy program developed by the Parkinson Voice Project specifically for individuals with Parkinson's disease. It is designed to address the speech and communication challenges often associated with Parkinson's, such as soft or monotone speech, slurred words, and reduced vocal volume. Here's why Speak Out is beneficial for Parkinson's:

1. Improved Communication: Parkinson's can affect the muscles used for speaking, making it difficult for individuals to communicate effectively. Speak Out helps improve speech clarity, articulation, and vocal projection, making it easier for them to express themselves and be understood.

2. Increased Confidence: As speech improves, individuals with Parkinson's often experience a boost in confidence. They may feel more comfortable participating in conversations, social activities, and daily interactions.

3. Enhanced Quality of Life: Improved communication can lead to a better overall quality of life. It helps individuals maintain their independence, stay engaged with others, and remain active in their communities.

4. Delayed Progression: Regular speech therapy, like the Speak Out program, can help slow the progression of speech-related symptoms in Parkinson's disease, allowing individuals to maintain their communication abilities for a longer period.

5. Customized Therapy: Speak Out provides tailored therapy sessions that focus on individual needs and goals. Speech-language pathologists work with patients to develop personalized exercises and strategies.

In summary, Speak Out is used for Parkinson's to address speech and communication difficulties, enhance quality of life, and provide individuals with the tools and techniques needed to maintain their speech abilities as effectively as possible despite the challenges of Parkinson's disease.

We can provide virtual therapy.

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