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Speech exercises for people with PD

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#1 Dr. Mahler

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

We all know that exercise is good for us. There are health benefits and cognitive benefits. This is true for people with PD also. Exercise is important for maintaining muscle function and that includes the muscles for speech and swallowing. So why don't we do exercises more if they are so beneficial? One reason may be that our lives are so busy that adding one more thing seems like a burden. One solution is to make your speech exercises part of what you do on a daily basis. Incorporate speaking at normal loudness into your morning greeting or talking on the telephone. A speech-language pathologist can do an evaluation to determine which exercises are best for you. Then make them part of your daily routine. You have important things to say and people need to be able to understand you.

Leslie Mahler, PhD, CCC-SLP
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Leslie Mahler, PhD, CCC-SLP

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