Parkinson's Disease

Reclaim Your Voice With Speech Pathology Treatment For Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease and Communication

Parkinson's Disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement.

Symptoms start gradually, sometimes with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand.

Tremors are common, but the disorder also causes stiffness or slowing of movement.

Your face may show little or no expression.

Your arms may not swing when you walk.

Your speech may become soft or slurred.

Parkinson's disease symptoms worsen as your condition progresses over time.

Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications might significantly improve your symptoms.

The right speech pathology treatment can also make a difference in your speech quality.

Speech Changes in Parkinson’s Disease

Changes in the quality of your voice may be the first symptom of Parkinson’s Disease. You may not even be aware of these changes.

Words may come out in short rushes due to decreased breath support.

Why Communication Matters in Parkinson's Disease

➡️ Decreased vocal loudness
➡️ Monotone speech
➡️ Slurred or mumbled words
➡️ Difficulty with articulation

As a result, conversations can become challenging, impacting one's quality of life and relationships.


Key Information for Clients and Families About Parkinson’s Disease

Early Treatment is Essential

Whole Person Approach

Stay Active + Informed

Support is Vital

LSVT LOUD vs. Speak Out
Evidence-Based Treatments for Parkinson's Disease


LIFE Speech Pathology offers two evidence-based treatments to address
the speech and language needs of individuals with Parkinson's Disease.


LSVT LOUD

Speak Out

The core principle of LSVT LOUD is to train patients to use their voices at a normal vocal loudness, addressing the common challenge of soft speech associated with Parkinson's.

The therapy involves intensive, high-effort sessions focusing on a single goal: healthy vocal loudness.

Four Key Outcomes of LSVT LOUD Treatment

✨  Improved Vocal Volume and Clarity: One of the primary goals of LSVT LOUD is to ensure patients can be heard clearly in conversations, alleviating the soft or mumbled speech often associated with Parkinson’s Disease.  

✨  Enhanced Facial Expressions: Beyond voice, LSVT LOUD has shown benefits in improving facial expressions, an essential aspect of effective communication and emotional expression.

✨  Increased Confidence in Social Situations: Self-confidence in social situations often grows, leading to a more active social life.  

✨  Lasting Improvement with Continued Practice: With consistent practice and adherence to exercises post-therapy, many patients maintain the benefits of LSVT LOUD for years after therapy.
 
The LSVT LOUD program is a comprehensive approach to helping individuals with Parkinson's Disease communicate more freely and authentically with the world around them.

The Speak Out program is designed for individuals with Parkinson's Disease to address their speech and voice challenges.

Speak Out emphasizes 'speaking with intent,' transforming speaking from an automatic function to a deliberate one.  This shift allows for clearer, more deliberate speech, ensuring that patients can communicate more effectively.

Four Key Outcomes of Speak Out Treatment

Increased Speech Intelligibility: Clients often find they're better understood in conversations, reducing the need to repeat themselves.

Strengthened Voice: Speak Out focuses on enhancing vocal strength, allowing patients to speak more clearly, and making communicating easier in various environments, from quiet rooms to bustling social settings.

Improved Breath Support for Speaking: With strengthened respiratory control, clients can speak longer sentences easily and without running out of breath quickly.

Boosted Confidence in Communication: As patients regain control over their voice and speech, they often experience renewed confidence, increasing social interactions and overall well-being.

The Speak Out program isn't just about enhancing the voice, but empowering individuals to connect, share, and live life more fully.

Not sure which program is right for you?  Your speech pathologist will empower you to understand the pros and cons and, ultimately, the right treatment for you.

Meet Mark

Three years before he consulted with LIFE Speech Pathology, Mark began experiencing the early signs of Parkinson's Disease.  A former economics university professor where he had imparted his lectures and built strong relationships with his students, he increasingly could not communicate with the same vocal clarity and volume. This caused him to withdraw from social activities.

Nonetheless, with the LSVT LOUD® program at LIFE Speech Pathology, he saw a remarkable improvement in his speaking ability within a few weeks. His voice was louder and more distinct, no longer requiring him to repeat himself. Consequently, his assurance returned as he was able to attend guest lectures and reconnect with his students

Meet Clara

Clara, a book club organizer and grandmother of five, was known for her vivacious storytelling. However, her voice weakened and lost clarity due to Parkinson’s, causing her to shy away from reading out loud to her grandchildren.

She embarked on a treatment journey with LIFE Speech Pathology and the Speak Out!® program, which proved incredibly transformative. With a focus on 'speaking with intent,' Clara regained the strength and expressiveness of her voice, making her stories even more animated, and she happily returned to her role as the beloved storyteller in her family.

LIFE's commitment to her treatment went beyond voice therapy. We equipped her family with the necessary tools and resources. We even organized a family counseling session to help them address their collective struggles. Clara's journey demonstrated that LIFE was dedicated to seeing her regain her voice and ensuring that all aspects of her life were vibrant and fulfilled.

During the treatment of both Mark and Clara, we didn't just focus on their voice treatment, but also their overall well-being. We provided counseling, resources, and support to help manage the emotional and psychological aspects of Parkinson's Disease. Our aim was to ensure that both Mark and Clara, as well as their families, felt empowered and informed throughout their journey.

A Path Forward

At LIFE Speech Pathology, we believe in looking beyond the immediate symptoms. It's not just about restoring a voice but ensuring every individual and family navigates their journey with knowledge, strength, and abundant support.

Let's map out your path forward to improved communication.