Parkinson Speech Program

Up to 90% of people with Parkinson’s are likely to develop speech disorders.  In addition, aspiration pneumonia, caused by swallowing difficulty, accounts for 70% of the mortality rate.  Parkinson Voice Project is the only nonprofit organization in the world solely dedicated to addressing these serious issues.

Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center in conjunction with Huntsville Hospital Parkinson's Care Clinic is pleased to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®.

SPEAK OUT!® places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Together, patients and their speech-language pathologist work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a SPEAK OUT!® Workbook.

Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!®, patients transition to The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of weekly group sessions led by a speech-language pathologist. The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed, and group members provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another.

Participation in The LOUD Crowd®, along with daily home practice and six-month re-evaluations, has been shown to help patients maintain their communication skills throughout the progression of Parkinson’s.

For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® or to schedule a speech evaluation, please call Anne McKinley, Speech Pathologist at 256-513-8164.