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Speech Pathology

It is estimated that 50% of people with Parkinson’s will develop speech changes due to changes in coordination and reduced activity of the muscles involved in speech mechanism.

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Communication and Parkinson’s

Communication involves both verbal (speech) and non-verbal skills (facial expression, body language and writing). Parkinson’s has the potential to affect all aspects of communication and in turn impact on inter-personal relationships.

Dysarthria (difficulty speaking) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can be quite severe symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Both can be helped by seeing a speech pathologist or speech therapist. A speech pathologist can help people with Parkinson’s maintain as many communication skills as possible. They also teach techniques that conserve energy, including non-verbal communication skills and are available to:

  • Recommend appropriate communication technologies that will help with daily activities.
  • Treat all types of speech, language, and communication problems.
  • Evaluate swallowing function and recommend changes as necessary.


Download our Communication and Parkinson’s factsheet for more information:

Communication and Parkinson’s

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