Parkinson’s programs aim to improve issues with speech
Two new therapy programs at Reid Rehabilitation Services are designed to help Parkinson's patients improve one of the effects of the disease - a weakened voice.
related programs help patients increase their overall vocal quality and
intensity, and they can maintain this improvement for years after completing
the program," said Kari Parks, Speech Therapist who helped get the program
process of investigating options to replace a previous program, she discovered
a grant application for the Parkinson's Voice Project, which combines education and individual
speech therapy with SPEAK OUT!® and group therapy called The
SPEAK OUT! consists of 12 individual sessions with
a speech therapist to learn training and exercises, with a weekly group session,
The LOUD Crowd, for support and maintenance.
"There is a
clear need," she said, noting that Reid Health already provides other services
such as Rock
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to up to 100 Parkinson's patients. The
program also helps connect patients with others who are dealing with similar
OUT! individual sessions are billed through insurance programs and the
group session is free, she said. SPEAK OUT! requires physician referral.
information on the programs, contact Reid Rehab Services at (765) 983-3092 or