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Parkinson's disease affects nearly one million people in the United States.
Changes in a person’s voice, often characterized by a hoarse voice or a soft/quiet voice, is one of the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease. As Parkinson’s progresses, a person’s voice will continue to become softer and more hoarse. Daily activities like conversing with friends and family, ordering in a restaurant, or talking on the phone, can be exhausting and challenging.
What We Offer
At Align Speech Therapy, we offer a two-part speech therapy program (developed by Parkinson Voice Project) to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®.
Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease who are experiencing any of the following changes with their speech and voice. Therapy is recommended as soon as the changes are noted, even if subtle or mild. Early intervention is important to minimize future difficulty.
Hoarse-sounding vocal quality
Frequent throat clearing
Trailing off at the end of sentences
Some days the voice sounds normal; other days it doesn’t
SPEAK OUT!® is an evidence-based therapy approach developed by the Parkinson Voice Project that combines education, individual speech therapy, and ongoing group sessions (The LOUD Crowd®) to help people with Parkinson’s improve their speech and voice. This Parkinson’s voice therapy approach, delivered by a trained speech therapist, is proven to improve the strength, loudness, and clarity of a person with Parkinson’s voice. Through specific exercises, the SPEAK OUT!® program strengthens and trains the voice and swallowing muscles so people can speak confidently and more effectively. During the therapy program, we work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a SPEAK OUT!® Workbook.
How the SPEAK OUT!® Program Works
SPEAK OUT!® voice therapy consists of 2-3 sessions per week for 4 weeks and then 1 session a week for 3 weeks, for a minimum of 12 treatment sessions. The program may consist of more sessions depending upon individual progress. Each session lasts 30-40 minutes.
Daily home practice is recommended and expected in order to achieve optimum and lasting results. A SPEAK OUT!® home program workbook that outlines each exercise is provided by the Parkinson Voice Project at no cost to all participants who participate in voice therapy with a certified SPEAK OUT!® speech therapist.
At Align Speech Therapy we involve family and care partners throughout the SPEAK OUT!® Parkinson’s voice therapy process. Care partners are invited to participate in a discussion about therapy goals and will receive instruction on how to best support their loved ones, especially with the home practice program. Care partners are invited to view an informational session about Parkinson’s Disease and the SPEAK OUT!® Program, and additional resources will be provided with the caregiver in mind.
SPEAK OUT!® is an adaptable program and can accommodate individuals with memory, auditory, and/or visual impairments. However, an individual must be able to physically and cognitively participate in therapy as well as be able to pay attention for at least 30 minutes.
SPEAK OUT!® From the Comfort of Your Home
At Align Speech Therapy, we are excited to be able to offer SPEAK OUT!® Parkinson’s voice therapy in South Carolina via telepractice. This is a convenient and effective option for anyone looking to improve their voice, no matter where they live. From the comfort of your own home, and with no need to travel to a clinic, our speech therapists will provide voice therapy to you on your computer or tablet.
We are licensed to work with clients in the states of South Carolina, Arizona, and California. Please contact us today to get started.