SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd®

Parkinson Voice Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has named Florida Atlantic University – Communication Disorders Clinic as a recipient of its 2019 SPEAK OUT!® & LOUD Crowd® Grant Program.

“Up to 90% of people with Parkinson’s are at high risk of losing their ability to speak, and aspiration pneumonia caused by swallowing issues accounts for 70% of the mortality rate in this patient population. Awarding these grants has substantially increased access to quality speech treatment to those living with Parkinson’s,” said Parkinson Voice Project’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Samantha Elandary.

This grant program honors Daniel R. Boone, PhD, a world-renowned speech-language pathologist and voice expert who recognized in the late 1950s that individuals with Parkinson's could improve their communication if they spoke with “intent." Parkinson Voice Project’s highly effective speech therapy program is based on Boone’s teachings and combines individual therapy (SPEAK OUT!®) with ongoing group therapy (The LOUD Crowd®) to convert speech from an automatic function to an intentional act.

The speech therapy program begins by educating patients and families by having them attend a Parkinson’s Information Session. This session explains how using intent can improve one’s communication. An online version of the information session is available at ParkinsonVoiceProject.org.

The next step in the program is SPEAK OUT!®, which typically consists of twelve therapy sessions. The patient will receive an evaluation and will then begin individual speech therapy sessions. During these sessions the patient and speech-language pathologist complete speech, voice, and cognitive exercises.

Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!® the patient transitions to The LOUD Crowd®. The LOUD Crowd® consists of weekly group sessions where SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed and the clients continue to practice speaking with intent.

To find out more information regarding this free of cost program please contact Kelly Steele M.S., CCC-SLP (561) 297-4026 (ksteele8@fau.edu)