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Speech treatment for Parkinson's patients

New grant program helps increase access to quality speech treatment for Parkinson's patients.

Free speech treatment is now available to the local Parkinson’s community through our SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® services. Developed and funded by the Parkinson Voice Project, the therapy program emphasizes speaking with intent and converts speech from an automatic function to an intentional act.

About the therapy program

The two-part therapy program strengthens the muscles used for speaking and swallowing by combining individual speech therapy (SPEAK OUT!®) with ongoing group therapy (The LOUD Crowd®). 

The programs are provided in both English and Spanish. Prospective clients will need free evaluation to qualify. 

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SPEAK OUT! consists of individual speech therapy conducted by a speech-language pathologist. Together, the patient and clinician work their way through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a workbook.
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The LOUD Crowd consists of weekly speech therapy sessions and provides camaraderie, support, and encouragement for this patient population that is battling a progressive, degenerative condition.

Contact information

Myra Schatzki, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Associate Professor and Grant Coordinator
480-965-2373

About the grant

The Parkinson Voice Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has named ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic as a recipient of its 2019 SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd Grant Program.

This grant program honors Daniel R. Boone, PhD, a world-renowned speech-language pathologist and voice expert who recognized in the late 1950s that individuals with Parkinson’s could improve their communication if they spoke with “intent”. Parkinson Voice Project combines individual therapy (SPEAK OUT!) and ongoing group therapy (The LOUD Crowd) to convert speech from an automatic function to an intentional act.