Parkinson's affects nearly one million people in the United States. One of the early signs of Parkinson's is a change in voice. The voice may become soft or hoarse. It's a common symptom early in the disease and worsens as the disease progresses. A soft voice can make it difficult to do common daily activities like have a conversation, give a presentation, or order a cup of coffee. Speech Therapy can help improve the strength, loudness, and clarity of your voice.
SPEAK OUT! focuses on the concept of intent. SPEAK OUT! strengthens the muscles used for speaking and swallowing and places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. In therapy, we work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in the free SPEAK OUT! Workbook.
LSVT LOUD focuses on the concept of sensory re-calibration and using a loud voice. Because it takes more effort to use a strong clear voice, a person with Parkinson's often feels that they are shouting if they are using a "normal" loudness.