According to studies, up to 89% of people with Parkinson’s disease develop difficulty communicating and up to 95% develop difficulty swallowing. If you are experiencing difficulty in speech, voice, or swallowing, it is optimal to begin speech therapy as soon as possible to postpone and help prevent this decline. Participation in SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd has been scientifically proven to improve speech, voice, swallowing, and overall quality of life.
SPEAK OUT! is a one-on-one therapy program specifically designed to preserve the voices and swallowing function of people with Parkinson’s disease and related neurological disorders. This program will teach you how to speak with intent to improve your overall communication and quality of life. SPEAK OUT! is usually completed within 12 individual therapy sessions spanning four weeks before transitioning to The LOUD Crowd.
The LOUD Crowd is the group therapy portion of the program that meets once per week on Fridays. The sessions provide maintenance for skills obtained during SPEAK OUT! and are a source of camaraderie for the members. MidMichigan Health offers The LOUD Crowd for free to SPEAK OUT! graduates.
The SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd therapy regimens were developed at Parkinson Voice Project in Richardson, TX.
SPEAK OUT! is offered on weekdays and The LOUD Crowd meets Friday afternoons. All sessions occur at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, Rehabilitation Services, or can be attended virtually through telehealth.
You will need a referral for speech therapy from your physician.
We will bill your insurance for SPEAK OUT! treatment services provided. Please check with your insurance to determine the co-pay or cost associated with these services. We offer The LOUD Crowd program free to those who have graduated from SPEAK OUT!