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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease and Communication

Parkinson’s can impair communication. People with Parkinson's may feel they are speaking normally, but others may have a hard time hearing them. Facial muscles also weaken resulting in less facial expressions that can be misinterpreted. All of this can lead to social isolation withdrawal from favorite activities diminishing quality of life and independence

LSVT LOUD®-

A Proven Solution

 

LSVT LOUD is an intensive, one-on-one treatment delivered over one month’s time. Research shows LVST LOUD results in improvements in vocal loudness, intonation, and voice quality for individuals

 

Improvements maintained up to two years after treatment. The main focus of the treatment is to “speak LOUD!” However, it doesn't teach you to shout.

Results
 

100% of people who complete LSVT LOUD report improve ability to communicate
 

80% of those people maintain improvements for 12-24 months post treatment

Parkinson's Disease and
Swallowing


Swallowing is also affected by Parkinson's disease. Swallow muscles become weak, sensation can be reduced, the ability to cough can be weakened, and aspiration can happen. Aspiration is when food or liquid goes into your airway.
This can lead to choking and pneumonia.

Speech Language Pathologists can train you on exercises to help keep you swallowing safely and protect your lungs.
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One thing I tell literally ALL of my clients is this-
KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLEAN!

 

Why do I tell my clients this?

All of us aspirate, but it doesn't make everyone sick.

This is because of a variety of factors like overall health and respiratory status, but one of the biggest ways to avoid getting sick from aspiration is to have a clean mouth.

This means brushing your teeth well 2x each day.

Your speech therapist might even recommend more.

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Contact Us Today for More Information About LSVT Loud and Speech Therapy for Parkinson's Disease