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Parkinson Speech Program

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences graduate students conduct the Parkinson Speech Program under the direction of licensed speech-language pathology clinical faculty.

Thanks to a grant provided by the Parkinson Voice Project, the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is now offering the evidence-based treatment protocol called SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd®. This two-part therapy approach has been proven to increase the strength of the voices of individuals with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, and emphasizes the maintenance of improved voicing over time. These therapy services will be provided by trained graduate students and our licensed speech-language pathology clinical faculty. Adults with a primary diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease or Parkinson’s Plus are the primary candidates for this program. If you are not sure whether you qualify, please contact us so we can discuss your specific situation.

Individual SPEAK OUT!® sessions are held for 45-minutes twice per week for the first 6 weeks; then participants transition to a large group maintenance program called The LOUD Crowd® which meets once per week. SPEAK OUT!® Refreshers will be recommended as-needed. Individual and group therapy sessions will meet at Lewis Hall. Parking passes are provided to all participants. There is no cost to participate in this program.

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