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.
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