SPEAK OUT! Voice Therapy Program for Individuals with Parkinson Disease

An effective voice treatment program formulated for individuals with Parkinson Disease and Parkinson Plus Disorders and was developed by the nonprofit organization, Parkinson Voice Project.
What is SPEAK OUT! & The LOUD Crowd?
SPEAK OUT! is an effective voice treatment program formulated for individuals with Parkinson Disease and related disorders. SPEAK OUT! And The LOUD Crowd were developed by the nonprofit organization, Parkinson Voice Project.

The Parkinson Voice Project treatment protocol combines education, individual therapy sessions with a Speech-Language Pathologist (SPEAK OUT!) and continuous group sessions (The LOUD Crowd).

SPEAK OUT! is typically completed in 12 sessions consisting of two or three 30- to 45-minute individual speech therapy sessions a week over a continuous four-week period. Individual sessions may be supplemented with free online SPEAK OUT! video sessions available from Parkinson Voice Project based on the needs and preferences of the individual client.

Following the individual SPEAK OUT! sessions, the client is transitioned to The LOUD Crowd for weekly group sessions. The LOUD Crowd meets once a week and assists in providing maintenance of the skills learned in SPEAK OUT! while also providing a sense of community for its members. 

Importantly, by exercising and thereby strengthening the voice mechanism of individuals with Parkinson Disease by participating in SPEAK OUT! and The LOUD Crowd, the swallowing mechanism of clients is also strengthened.

When Should SPEAK OUT! Treatment Begin?
Due to the progressive communication and swallowing difficulties encountered by individuals with Parkinson disease, it is recommended that treatment begin as soon as possible to rehabilitate and maintain the muscles responsible for speech and swallowing.

In individuals with Parkinson Disease, the muscles used in speech and swallowing become weak, not because of the disease, but because they are underused. The voice exercises and therapy provided by SPEAK OUT!, and, later, the LOUD Crowd, teach clients to use the muscles required in communication and swallowing to their full extent, thereby reversing and preventing the deterioration of the speech and swallowing mechanism.

What People are Saying
  • Kathleen B.
    SPEAK OUT! Patient
    "I had a wonderful experience with YourVoiceClinic.com! They are kind, patient and encouraging. I would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of speech therapy."
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