About the Parkinson Voice Program

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!

For more information about the SLHS program/services offered through the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic, please contact Assistant Clinical Professor Gwen Nolan, MS, CCC-SLP at 573-882-4082.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Faculty, students, and staff in the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic actively follow a policy of nondiscrimination in compliance with Federal civil rights laws. All can expect to be treated fairly and without regard to age, color, ethnicity, gender identity, handicap or disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a parent or veteran