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#1 Dr. Mahler

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 12:40 PM

Approximately 75-90% of individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) have a speech disorder at some time in the course of their disease. The most common perceptual speech characteristics include reduced loudness, monopitch, hoarseness, a breathy voice quality and/or imprecise articulation. These changes in speech can make it difficult to be understood.

As you may have experienced first hand, these speech changes can have a significantly negative impact on quality of life. Communication at work, with family or with friends can all be compromised. Speech intervention may include intensive speech exercises and exercising is good for people with PD.

Seeking an evaluation with a speech-language pathologist experienced with PD sooner rather than later is important so you can begin an effective treatment program and receive the benefits of better communication.

Please write to this forum if you have any specific questions about speech, swallowing or cognition in Parkinson disease.
Leslie Mahler, PhD, CCC-SLP

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University of Rhode Island

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:38 PM

Approximately 75-90% of individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) have a speech disorder at some time in the course of their disease. The most common perceptual speech characteristics include reduced loudness, monopitch, hoarseness, a breathy voice quality and/or imprecise articulation. These changes in speech can make it difficult to be understood.

As you may have experienced first hand, these speech changes can have a significantly negative impact on quality of life. Communication at work, with family or with friends can all be compromised. Speech intervention may include intensive speech exercises and exercising is good for people with PD.

Seeking an evaluation with a speech-language pathologist experienced with PD sooner rather than later is important so you can begin an effective treatment program and receive the benefits of better communication.

Please write to this forum if you have any specific questions about speech, swallowing or cognition in Parkinson disease.



#3 dunraven

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:40 PM

Approximately 75-90% of individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) have a speech disorder at some time in the course of their disease. The most common perceptual speech characteristics include reduced loudness, monopitch, hoarseness, a breathy voice quality and/or imprecise articulation. These changes in speech can make it difficult to be understood.

As you may have experienced first hand, these speech changes can have a significantly negative impact on quality of life. Communication at work, with family or with friends can all be compromised. Speech intervention may include intensive speech exercises and exercising is good for people with PD.

Seeking an evaluation with a speech-language pathologist experienced with PD sooner rather than later is important so you can begin an effective treatment program and receive the benefits of better communication.

Please write to this forum if you have any specific questions about speech, swallowing or cognition in Parkinson disease.






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