APDA American Parkinson Disease Association
Information & Referral Center

Speech and Voice Therapy

Treatment Requiring A Speech Therapist

Speech/language pathologists, also called speech therapists, can make communication easier for those with Parkinson's. They can also help with swallowing.

If you live in Northern California, contact the APDA Information & Referral Center at Stanford for a referral to a speech/language pathologist near you. Many of these speech therapists have experience treating those with Parkinson's.

Other resources include:

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)
Intensive behavioral treatment program that requires sixteen therapy sessions in one month with an LSVT-LOUD-trained speech therapist. Goal is to help improve vocal loudness. As a result of therapy, improvements in speech clarity and breathing are often seen. DVDs are also sold for at-home treatment.

"Speech and language therapy and Parkinson's"
Published by Parkinson's UK, October 2013
Good overview of when someone should see a speech therapist and how speech therapists can help with communication.

At-Home Exercises

"LSVT LOUD Homework Helper"
Published by LSVT Global
DVD or streaming video of voice and speech exercises. Cost: $45.
Availalable in Cantonese

"Speaking Effectively, A Strategic Guide For Speaking and Swallowing"
Published by American Parkinson Disease Association, 2010
Free booklet contains exercises for speech and voice.

Voice Aerobics
Exercise program focusing on breath support, posture, and vocal function exercises for improved vocal performance. DVD is sold.

This list last updated by Denise Dagan and Robin Riddle, January 2017. This webpage compiled by Robin Riddle, March 2012.

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