We wish to extend our sincere thanks and well wishes to The Parkinson Society (Barrie Chapter – Support Group) for inviting us to speak this month. Thank you all for braving the cold!
For those of you who may have missed our presentation, our speech language pathologists provided information on the recognition and management of swallowing disorders, as well as the delivery of speech, voice and communication therapy. Members of the group also participated in a demonstration of the Lee Silverman Program, a therapy approach designed to treat voice disorders in individuals with PD. Well done everyone!
As a closing note, never underestimate the benefits of reading aloud, even for a few minutes each day! Make a conscious effort to assume an upright posture, over-articulate your speech sounds, and project your voice as you read. This seemingly small exercise works toward building your breath control and the muscles involved in speaking. Looking for added challenge? Read aloud with background music, or try to increase your reading time. A little practice goes a long way!
Until our next blog, think BIG!