Voice problems start early in the Parkinson's disease (PD) progression and significantly diminish quality of life. PD patients typically speak with a soft, muted voice that sounds mumbled and monotone. A hoarse voice is not unusual either.
The most effective way to treat these problems is with speech therapy, specifically LSVT LOUD or SPEAK OUT!®. Medicine and surgery rarely help speech disorders. Research-based and clinically proven, LSVT LOUD and SPEAK OUT! improve vocal loudness, facial expression, speech intelligibility, and communication confidence.
Michelle is an unbelievable coach, motivator and speech pathologist. I can now speak with proper loudness and with normal facial expressions. Incredible! Iʼm so thankful.
Parkinson's disease often damages the feedback circuits you rely on to regulate how loud you speak and manage your facial expressions used to enrich your face-to-face spoken communication. As a result of Parkinson's, you might think you're talking loud enough, but you are not.
A vital first step for restoring your voice is scheduling an appointment with a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to assess your current situation.
LSVT LOUD and SPEAK OUT! are standardized treatment protocols done in a series of one-on-one sessions with Dr. Michelle Morrison, a speech-language pathologist certified in both approaches. Based on your initial visit, Michelle will help you choose the best therapy for your needs.
LSVT LOUD involves 16 one-on-one sessions, four consecutive days a week over a total of 4 weeks with daily homework and carryover exercises.
SPEAK OUT! consists of 12 one-on-one speech therapy sessions, 3 per week for four consecutive weeks. Sessions involve speech, voice, and cognitive exercises.
For graduates of LSVT LOUD and SPEAK OUT!, we offer The Loud Crowd® group sessions to continue PD patients' education and skills development.