The Parkinson's Voice Clinic provides voice and cognitive therapy for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Specifically, the Parkinson's Voice Clinic utilizes the SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® treatment programs developed by the Parkinson Voice Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Dallas, Texas.
Refresher courses are also a part of these programs. Six weeks following conclusion of the SPEAK OUT!® program, you will meet with your student speech-language pathology clinician to review your exercises and receive assistance with establishing a daily home practice (if needed). You will also discuss your transition to the LOUD Crowd® program to ensure your success.
Continued evaluation - Six months after completing the SPEAK OUT® program (and every six months after), you will meet with the Parkinson's Voice Clinic student clinicians and supervising speech-language pathologist to evaluate your continued progress. If needed, you will have the opportunity to engage in speech therapy sessions.
Treatment occurs on an individual and a group basis with individual treatment occurring first. You will attend individual therapy three days a week for about four weeks before transitioning to group therapy, which you will attend one day a week. Group therapy is ongoing and will only pause for schedule semester and holiday breaks.
At this time, individual therapy is scheduled at 10-10:50 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and group therapy is scheduled at the same time on Mondays.
Please contact Lauren Siemers for more information.
There is currently no cost for the Parkinson's Voice Clinic or the materials, through funding provided by the Parkinson Voice Project.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that is associated with a reduction in dopamine, a chemical in the brain that facilitates transmission of signals between neurons. Reduced dopamine causes slowed movements, rigidity and tremor, all of which can negatively affect the voice.
If you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you can expect that your voice will become lower in volume as well as reduced in pitch range. This will not happen all at once, but will occur gradually and over time. Many individuals with Parkinson’s disease report that they don’t even realize the changes in their voice and only know of the differences because their family members and friends tell them.