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SPEAK OUT!® is a therapy regimen tailored specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease. SPEAK OUT!® targets improved voicing, speaking, and in turn, swallowing. In this program, speech is transformed from an automatic function to an intentional task. SPEAK OUT!® first consists of individual therapy sessions. Upon completion of the individual sessions, the client then transitions into group sessions.
Individual SPEAK OUT!® consists of 8 sessions twice weekly for four weeks. In this four-week span, clients often report improvement in their speaking, their ability to be heard, and their overall quality of life.
Group SPEAK OUT!® sessions are offered to clients who have graduated from the 8 individual sessions. This group therapy portion of the program meets once weekly. The sessions provide maintenance for skills obtained during SPEAK OUT!® and are a source of camaraderie for the members.
The individual and group SPEAK OUT!® programs were developed at Parkinson Voice Project in Richardson, TX. For more information about SPEAK OUT!® please visit the Parkinson Voice Project website.
Individual SPEAK OUT!® sessions are available in-person or via tele-practice. Individual therapy sessions are generally offered at various times during the week.
SPEAK OUT!® Group sessions meet in person:
Tuesday afternoon from 12:30-1:30 pm.
Tele-practice group sessions meet via Zoom:
Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 pm
Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm
Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm
All in-person sessions occur at Arkansas State University Speech and Hearing Center. All tele-practice sessions occur via Zoom.
According to studies, up to 89% of people with Parkinson’s disease develop difficulty communicating and up to 95% develop difficulty swallowing. To postpone and prevent this decline, it is optimal to begin speech therapy as soon as possible. Participation in individual and then group SPEAK OUT!® sessions can change the effects that Parkinson’s disease has on your voice. Muscles become weak because they are not used to their full capacity, not because Parkinson’s is making them weak. SPEAK OUT!® requires you to use the muscles for speaking and swallowing to their full potential to prevent decline.
Arkansas State University Speech and Hearing Center offers individual and group SPEAK OUT!® sessions at no charge.