Speech Language Pathology
This program is effective for voice disorders directly related to Parkinson's disease (PD). Its estimated that nearly 90% of people with PD will have difficulties with their voice or speech. These problems often present in reduced volume, a hoarse-sounding voice, monotone, or slurred-sounding speech. For most people, these communication problems can be improved with Speak OUT!®.
Speak OUT!® differs from traditional speech therapy in that it focuses on several different parameters of voice and speech at once, uniquely for those with PD.
Our speech therapists, Catherine Bowden M.Ed. CCC-SLP and Joan Grillo M.Ed CCC-SLP, are one of the few speech therapist in the Atlanta and Alpharetta area providing Speak OUT!® in the home. Treatments delivered by our clinicians includes:
A thorough speech, swallowing, and/or cognitive evaluation
Three SLP sessions a week, for three to five consecutive weeks
Daily homework practice (all 30 days of the month)
To learn more about the history of Parkinson’s Voice Project, Speak OUT!® click here.
Our speech therapist treats a vast array of problems voice, resonance, receptive, and expressive language. As an expert in communication she can also identify and address social communication disorders as well as adaptive methods for communicating when one is unable to speak. If you or someone you love would like to improve their communication call us today!
A speech therapist is an expert in identifying and treating swallowing disorders. Do you have a swallowing disorder? Some signs of a swallowing problem may include:
coughing during or right after eating or drinking
“wet” sounding voice after eating or drinking
needing extra time or effort to chew or swallow
experiencing food or liquid leaking from the mouth
difficulty breathing after meals
unintentional weight loss
Cognition & Memory
Our speech therapists are also experts in evaluating and addressing cognition such as problems in impulse control or memory. Addressing and strengthening what one can do and finding adaptive strategies for problem areas is essential to improving quality of life.
Education and training to caregivers is also an important part of our speech therapist’s plan of care.