Newbury and District Branch

 

Voice

 

People with Parkinson’s can find they have problems with the volume and clarity of their speech which can make it difficult for others to understand them.

 

Clinical guidelines say that people with Parkinson’s should have access to speech and language therapy, and it is recommended this should be provided as soon as possible after diagnosis. A speech and language therapist can provide useful information about possible problems that may occur, how to spot them and what can be done about them. Sadly, due to resource constraints, this early referral does not often occur.

 

Some people with PD can also experience difficulties with swallowing i.e. coughing when eating and/or drink. If this is the case, please contact your PD Nurse.

 

The Newbury group offers two Zoom sessions of communication support, Loud and Clear, per month. These take place on the first Monday of the month at 10am and on the first Tuesday of the month at 3.30pm. For more information on the groups please go to: https://vox-humana.net/loud-and-clear-speech-groups-parkinsons/

 

The classes start with facial exercises to strengthen facial and tongue muscles which are very important in producing clear speech. The group members are then invited to take turns in reading aloud part of a poem and limerick/quote which has been sent to them prior to the session.

 

Celia Bacon

Class Leader – Celia Bacon

Celia Bacon is a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in Parkinson’s and is also a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD®) qualified clinician. LSVT is for those with Parkinson’s disease.

She has been running Loud and Clear sessions across Hampshire and Berkshire since 2013, and currently delivers 10 groups per month.

 

She has delivered LSVT LOUD® to a large number of clients resulting in improvement in the volume and clarity of their speech. In addition, she runs weekly LSVT maintenance classes, LOUD for LIFE. For more information please go to: https://vox-humana.net/loud-for-life/

“There are undoubted benefits from this therapy, and clear encouragement to raise the level and volume of speech / conversation - importantly it encourages interaction between members of the group.”

 

Mike W