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Parkinson's Disease. 
Communication and Swallowing

LSVT® SPEAK OUT!® & LOUD Crowd® Therapy Provider

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to control their movements. It is caused by the degeneration of the brain's basal ganglia, which are responsible for controlling movement and speech/eating.

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One of the common symptoms of Parkinson's disease is changes in a person's voice and swallowing abilities. These changes can include:

  • Reduced loudness: Individuals with Parkinson's disease may have difficulty speaking loudly and clearly, and may speak in a soft or whispered voice.

  • Monotone: The voice of someone with Parkinson's disease may be flat and monotone, without the usual inflections and variations in pitch and tone.

  • Stuttering or hesitations: People with Parkinson's disease may have difficulty getting their words out, and may stutter or hesitate when speaking.

  • Swallowing difficulties: Individuals with Parkinson's disease may have difficulty swallowing food and liquids, and may experience choking or coughing when eating or drinking.

These changes in voice and swallowing can make it difficult for individuals with Parkinson's disease to communicate effectively, and can affect their quality of life. 

What to expect

We will have an interview and talk about how Parkinson's Disease is impacting on your communication and swallowing. I will complete assessments on swallowing, voice and language to establish a baseline. We will set goals together based on what is important to you. 


We Speech pathologists use a variety of techniques and strategies to help individuals with Parkinson's disease improve their speech and swallowing abilities. This may include:

  • Exercises to improve breath control and vocal strength: By strengthening the muscles used for speaking and swallowing, individuals with Parkinson's disease can improve their ability to produce louder and clearer speech.

  • Strategies for improving clarity and intelligibility: Speech-language pathologists can teach individuals with Parkinson's disease techniques for making their speech more clear and understandable, such as speaking more slowly and enunciating words clearly.

  • Swallowing exercises and techniques: Speech-language pathologists can also provide individuals with Parkinson's disease with exercises and techniques to improve their swallowing abilities, such as taking small bites and sips, and using modified diets to make food and liquids easier to swallow.

By working with a speech-language pathologist like me, individuals with Parkinson's disease, such as yourself or your loved one, can improve their quality of life and better manage their condition.

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