Parkinson’s disease and Speech Therapy

Dysarthia (difficulty speaking) and Dyspahagia (difficulty swallowing) can be severely limiting symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Both can be helped by seeing a speech pathologist or speech therapist.

In particular, the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Program has demonstrated significant value for people with Parkinson’s.

How can I improve my speech with Parkinson’s disease?

Speech-language pathologists can help people with Parkinson’s disease maintain as many communication skills as possible. They also teach techniques that conserve energy, including non-verbal communication skills. Speech-language pathologists are also available to:

  • Recommend appropriate communication technologies that will help daily activities.
  •  Treat all types of speech, language, and communication problems.
  •  Evaluate swallowing function and recommend changes as necessary.

Contact us for a full evaluation and for more information about how physical therapy can help.