How It Works

SPEAK OUT!®

Step 1. An in-person or virtual evaluation

Only a speech-language pathologist who is a certified SPEAK OUT!® provider can complete this evaluation and treatment process. Hazley will come out to your home for all evaluation and treatment sessions; she is currently serving Danville, PA and surrounding areas.

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Step 2. Parkinson’s Information Session

Prior to beginning treatment sessions, patients and families attend a Parkinson’s Information Session. It is essential for the whole family to understand basic information about Parkinson’s and how speech and swallowing can be affected.

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Step 3. Parkinson Voice Project

The program typically consists of twelve speech therapy sessions and daily home practice. Together, the patient and speech-language pathologist complete speech, voice and cognitive exercises using a specialized workbook that Parkinson Voice Project provides to every person with Parkinson’s who is receiving SPEAK OUT!® treatment.

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Step 4. Six-week follow-up

It can be challenging to make the transition from formal speech therapy to “maintenance.”  This is why Parkinson Voice Project recommends a follow-up session with a speech-language pathologist about six weeks after SPEAK OUT!® graduation.  The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are reviewed and assistance with establishing a daily home practice routine is provided.

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Step 5. LOUD Crowd®

The LOUD Crowd® is a maintenance program that provides accountability and education through weekly group sessions where SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed. As an added bonus, this maintenance program promotes camaraderie and provides support and encouragement for the local Parkinson’s community.

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