Hypokinetic dysarthria and dysphagia

Some of the limiting symptoms of Parkinson’s disease we can help with are dysarthria and dysphagia (difficulty speaking and swallowing).

What are the signs?

  • Speech becomes slurred, mumbled or rapid, and the person’s voice may change, become lower and softer (hypophonia).
  • Avoidance or lack of participation in fast-pace conversations
  • Difficulty finding words
  • Difficulty to breathe

How a speech therapist can help

We can offer techniques and tips to achieve better communications, should it be non-verbal or verbal. We work with body language and facial expression.

You will learn exercises and strategies to optimize your speed of speech, to clarify word pronunciation, exercise facial expressions and work on voice volume. We will give you tips on how to communicate in noisy environments.

We will also help with challenges tied to poor muscle coordination in the mouth and throat such as eating and drinking.

For the person affected by Parkinson’s disease, it’s better to start working early on, as soon as symptoms appear, and to continue on a regular basis.