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To enlist individuals in their treatment, and help them express their personality
& spirit through voice.
To educate and empower.

Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP

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We give seminars, podcasts, and participate in many events that offer help with speech exercises and problems due to symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. See where we're going, see where we've been. You're invited to join us!

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Free Webinars

'Speech and Parkinson's: Learn What's Possible in One Office Visit' recorded Webinar.

Learn what's evaluated and how your speech can be improved in one office visit.
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'Speech Therapy and Beyond' recorded Webinar

Learn about the various approaches to improving communication in Parkinson's.
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Previous Seminar, April 26th: Parkinson's Disease 2017, Are you Optimally Treated?

YOU ARE INVITED: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Heron Creek Golf and Country Club, 5301 Heron Creek Blvd, North Port, FL 34287
Breakfast at 8AM, program runs 9AM - 12:30PM

Four topics and speakers - Mary will present "Improve Speech in One Office Visit: Learn what's Possible" View the Flyer & Sign-up Form

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Voice Aerobics® Participating Events 2016 (click here)

Oct-Nov, 2016 - SPEAK EASY© at Hope Parkinson, Cape Coral, FL Join us for a 5 week Parkinson's group speech therapy clinic. Download the flyer here

Sept, 2016 - SPEAK OUT!® Charlotte County Join us for the LOUD Crowd® maintenance program for those with Parkinson's who have completed SPEAK OUT!® or LSVT® LOUD individual therapy.
Download the flyer here

October 28, 2016 - Telepractice: Speech Therapy over the Computer, You CAN Do This at Home ...Many older Americans suffer from acute and chronic communication disorders resulting from stroke, head and neck cancer, and neurological diseases. Although speech and language therapy can often improve symptoms and mitigate the impact of communication disorders, access to qualified providers may be limited for some patients due to: poor social supports, finances, geographical constraints. Left untreated, communication disorders can result in isolation, loss of independence and increased caregiver burden.

August 26, 2016 - Speech Therapy and Beyond for Parkinson's Approximately 70-90% of individuals with Parkinson’s disease experience a PD-related voice and speech disorder, which has been shown to affect overall quality of life ratings. After-therapy programs, community based programs like The LOUD Crowd®, device interventions and guided programs, such as Voice Aerobics®, may offer Parkinson’s patients an adjunct to formal speech therapy.

June 17, 2016 - Life, Love and Caring for Someone with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) Guests Jackie Hinckley, PhD, Executive Director, Voices of Hope for Aphasia, and Dr. Audrey Holland, Professor Emeritus of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona spoke about Voices of Hope for Aphasia, a community based program. Not a therapy program, it is designed to provide the communication bridges that will help people with aphasia do the things that are most important to them, and take part in their own life.  READ MORE - Listen to the archived discussion on Blog Talk Radio.

May 20, 2016 - Life, Love and Caring for Someone with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) My guest: Kathryn Leigh Scott, author, actress, producer, publisher and spokesperson, Cure PSP, joins me to discuss her new book, Last Dance at the Savoy. READ MORE - Listen to the archived discussion on Blog Talk Radio.

April 30, 2016 - Hope Parkinson Program Walk 4 Hopes Lakes Regional Park

April 29, 2016 - How to Live an Amazing Life with Parkinson’s…or any other challenge you are facing. John Baumann, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 34 while practicing law, will tell you how, for him, a diagnosis of PD became a life saving event. John will reveal his success formula for living an amazing life - with or without Parkinson’s disease. READ MORE - Listen to the archived discussion on Blog Talk Radio.

April 27, 2016 - Parkinson’s Disease Patient’s Forum Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center.

March 18, 2016 - Singing for Persons with Parkinson's and other Neurological Diseases: Dr. Shih discusses some of the shared and distinct neural correlates of both singing and speech, and opportunities for future research. Ms. Hansen discusses the view that choral singing provides therapeutic benefit through: breathing, stretching, posture activities, vocal exercise, rhythm and movement, and a strong social support system READ MORE

February 26, 2016 - Flying Solo With Parkinson's: Singles now outnumber married people in the United States. In 2014 it was reported that, for the first time, the number of unmarried American adults outnumbered those who were married. One in 7 lives alone – about 31 million compared with 4 million in 1950 – and many of those are clustered in urban centers. READ MORE

January 29, 2016 - We're Talking About Dysphagia including: Effects of DBS on swallowing in Parkinson's disease, and support for people living with swallowing disorders. Dysphagia (swallowing disorder) can occur during an acute illness, such as a stroke, or be the result of head and neck surgery, oral cancers or be associated with a chronic neurodegenerative disease. READ MORE

Voice Aerobics® Participating Events 2015

November 13, 2015 - Patience and Well Being in Parkinson's: Parkinson Alliance 2015 Survey Results Could cultivating "patience" help you cope better with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease? The majority of individuals with Parkinson's (PD), responding to a 2015 Parkinson's Alliance survey think so. They reported that patience helps them cope with their symptoms, and over half of the participants reported that patience increased their engagement in social activities. READ MORE

October 16, 2015 - Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community in the United States, advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and a powerful grassroots network, their mission is to educate the public and government leaders on better policies for research and about issues affecting quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. READ MORE

September 25, 2015 - Atypical Parkinson's Diseases PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy),CBD (Corticobasal degeneration), and MSA Multiple system atrophy. All of the above neurodegenerative diseases may be Parkinson's look-alikes at first glance, and it is not uncommon for individuals to see multiple medical professionals before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Once diagnosed, patients often sadly realize that their disease has a much more aggressive and less treatable course than Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease. READ MORE

August 28, 2015 - "Difficult Patients and Difficult Decisions: Give Me A Break"
Sponsored by National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD)
Therapists, nurses, health care professionals and others joined us to hear my guest, psychologist Dr. Angelo Domingo provide a little therapy for the therapist. READ MORE

July 14, 2015 - "Living with Dysphagia: A Patient and Caregiver Panel"
Sponsored by National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD)
Mary Spremulli, MA,CCC-SLP, was the moderator of this interactive webinar which consisted of a panel of patients and caregivers, who have been impacted by dysphagia, including Jeff Mauerman, the first patient in the United States to be implanted with the swallowing expansion device (SED). Listeners were able to ask panelist about their experiences. To learn more about the webinar, visit http://swallowingdisorderfoundation.com/event/new-webinar-living-with-dysphagia-a-patient-caregiver-panel-71415/

June 26, 2015 - on Blog Talk Radio: Anxiety and Pain and Influences on Breathing
Guest: Christopher Gilbert, PhD, Clinical Psychologist is a clinical psychologist currently associated with the Kaiser Permanente Chronic Pain Management Program, located in San Francisco, California. Dr. Gilbert has co-authored the book: Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders and published articles related to hyperventilation, anxiety and panic. He discussed techniques which may be of benefit to patients, including: self-regulation of breathing and breathing re-training, and the use of bio-feedback. READ MORE - Listen to the archived discussion on Blog Talk Radio.

May 30, 2015 Presentation: Community-based Program for Parkinson's May Change Perception of Voice at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
Presented By Mary Spremulli, MA,CCC-SLP Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologists (FLASHA) Saturday, May 30, 2015, Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

May 22, 2015 - Blog Talk Radio - Spasmodic Dysphonia: Unmasking the Mystery
Guests: Kimberly Kuman, Charles (Charlie) Reavis, and James (Jim) Anderson
When a person with spasmodic dysphonia speaks, involuntary muscle spasms in the larynx cause the sound to be strained, strangled, breathy or whispery. Patients often spend years going from one medical specialist to another, until an accurate diagnosis is obtained. Kimberly Kuman, Executive Director of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, President of the Association, Charlie Reavis and support group leader Jim Anderson join me as guests. READ MORE
Listen to the archived discussion on Blog Talk Radio.

May 15, 2015: Managing Speech and Swallowing Problems Before They Sneak Up on You, a live presentation in Cape Coral
Presenters: Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP, owner, Voice Aerobics, LLC and Debra Tarakofsky, MS, CCC-SLP, owner of Swallowing Diagnostics, Mobile Clinic for Swallowing Disorders.

April 17 & 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm noon EST - Blog Talk Radio - Voice Aerobics Talking 2 You -Starting A Parkinson’s Support Group
Guests: Deborah (Debbie) Dalin Guyer, Kelly Gaylord, and Pete Gaylord
Debbie Guyer’s background of experience makes her uniquely qualified to guide individuals interested in developing a PD support group.
Pete and Kelly are actively involved in the community with Pete teaching weekly exercise and balance classes to persons with PD. Kelly, an artists and care partner, saw a need in the community to provide information and resources to spouses and other family members, and together with her husband, Pete, began a support group two years ago. READ MORE
Listen to the archived discussion on Blog Talk Radio.

March 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm noon EST - Blog Talk Radio - Voice Aerobics Talking 2 You - Episode #18: Understanding Parkinson’s disease Dementia (PDD) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)
Guest: Dr. Mabel Lopez, Neuropsychologist, Mind Brain Care
Mabel Lopez, PhD, is a neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of brain function as it relates to cognitive performance in day to day life. Dr. Lopez‘s passion for mental wellness is the inspiration for Mind and Brain Care, a private practice located in SW Florida. Dr. Lopez’s exceptional education and vast professional experiences enable her to address brain health on multiple levels and ensures that the cognitive and emotional needs of every patient are met. Her services are all available in English and Spanish.
Dr. Lopez will help listeners understand the differences between Parkinson’s disease Dementia and other Dementia syndromes, and also discuss the role of exercise and nutrition on brain health.
Listen to the archived discussion on Blog Talk Radio.

February 20, 2015 at 12:00 noon EST - Blog Talk Radio - Voice Aerobics Talking 2 You - Keeping the Love Alive: Parkinson's and Relationships
Dr. Paul Short, The Parkinson's Coach, is a neuropsychologist specializing in work with individuals and families touched by movement disorders. Dr. Short (aka “Dr. Paul”) is a popular guest speaker at PD conferences, and his compassionate, yet straightforward style helps individuals and couples sort through the issues that can undermine relationships. Dr. Short writes the “Uniquely Young Onset,” blog for the American Parkinson's Disease Association and contributes regularly on his website.

February 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon EST - SpeechPathology.com Webinar
Airway Clearance Techniques and Respiratory Muscle Training: Applications for Speech-Language Pathologist. Learn about how these common motor and non-motor symptoms affect quality of life, and what you can do about it. READ MORE

January 23, 2015 - Stem Cells and Neurological Diseases: Facts and Fiction BY Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos, M.D., PhD,
Curing vision loss, growing new skin for burn patients, growing blood vessels, and curing Parkinson’s disease. These are a few of the proposed benefits from stem cell therapy. READ MORE or listen to the archived discussion on Blog Talk Radio.

Voice Aerobics® Participating Events 2014

November 7, 2014 - Falls, Sleep, and Autonomic Dysfunction
Over 3000 people with Parkinson's disease completed Parkinson Alliance surveys in 2014. Learn about how these common motor and non-motor symptoms affect quality of life, and what you can do about it. READ MORE

October 3, 2014 - To Drive or Not to Drive?
Howard Kalter, PhD, Neuropsychologist and owner of 'Brain Function Clinic and Psychological Services', Southwest Florida. It was certainly a hot-button issue discussion. READ MORE

August 22, 2014 - Hearing Loss and Brain Health: What's the Connection?
Dr. Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD,Audiologist, Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota. Hearing, cognition, and communication. READ MORE

June 20, 2014 - Aphasia: Understanding Neuroplasticity and Language Treatments
Guests were Ellayne S. Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP, Ex. Director of National Aphasia Assoc. and Swathi Kiran, PhD,CCC-SLP, Research Director at the Aphasia Resource Center

Saturday April 26, 2014 - Swallowing and Breathing: Understanding the Relationship and Putting it to Practice
.5 ASHA CEU given for licensed Speech-Language Pathologists

Friday April 25, 2014 - Swallowing Diagnostics, Inc. and Voice Aerobics, LLC with Guest Lecturer: Roxann Diez Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP
Swallowing and Breathing and its Impact in Parkinson's Disease

Caregiver/Carepartner Support Group – Punta Gorda, FL
Contact Kelly Gaylord for additional information: kgaylord320@gmail.com

April 5th, 2014 - Finding Your Voice Symposium
Colleton River Plantation Hilton Head, SC

February 7th, 2014 - DO IT ALL with Parkinson's!
"A Fun Filled Day of Education & Empowerment"
Sarasota, FL

Voice Aerobics® Participating Events 2013

October 1-4, 2013: 3rd Annual World Parkinson Congress
Poster display: "Benefits of a Community Based Whole Body Voice Strengthening Program for Persons With Parkinson's"   http://www.worldpdcongress.org/?page=AboutWPC

July 11, 2013 - "Voice Aerobics™, A Whole Body Voice Strengthening Program"
Held in Chagrin Falls, OH at Judson Park

Two Programs, one Day, one Venue, held at Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, Punta Gorda, FL
The FREE event was given for Parkinson's patients and caregivers.

March 26th 2013 - SpeechVive™
Iimproving speech and voice for persons with Parkinson's Disease,
Dr. Jessica Huber, Speech Scientist and Researcher at Purdue University

March 22, 2013, 1:00-3:00 - Parkinson's Association of SW Florida
"Voice Aerobics: A Whole Body Approach to Strengthening Voice in Parkinson's Disease"
Hodges University, Naples FL

March 15, 2013 - 67th Annual OSLHA Convention, Columbus, Ohio
"Voice Aerobics: A Whole Body Approach to Strengthening Voice in Parkinson's Disease"

February 24 to March 3, 2013 - PRF Educational Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean
Voice Aerobics lecture and classes at sea.

Voice Aerobics® Participating Events 2012

October 19th, 2012 - Lunch & Learn Friday and Voice, Speech and Swallowing FAQ
At Hope Parkinson's Ft. Myers, Florida. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - Parkinson's Community Education Day
At Sheraton Richmond Park South Hotel, 9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
For more information and Register on-line at http://tinyurl.com/2012PDday

April 27th & 28th, 2012 - Parkinson’s Awareness Month Conference
Saturday April 28th - Voice Aerobics™: Whole Body Approach To Strengthening Voice
Sponsor:  National Parkinson Foundation SD Chapter. Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

March 30, 2012 - West Virginia Speech and Hearing Association Convention (WVSHA)
Parkinson's Disease:  A Neuropsychological And Rehabilitation Perspective.
Pre-conference day long seminar.
Presenters: Paul Short, PhD and Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP

January 8-15, 2012 - Parkinson's Research Foundation "Forever Fifties"
Educational Cruise to the Western Caribbean.
More Info: http://www.parkinsonresearchfoundation.org/cruise.aspx

Voice Aerobics® Participating Events 2011

October 14-16, 2011 - Southeastern Parkinson Disease Conference
Sheraton Gateway Hotel - Atlanta, GA
More Info: http://www.gaparkinsons.org

October 6-8, 2011 - IMASH Convention
Intermountain Speech and Hearing Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah

September 24, 2011 - Post Polio Support Group of Maine
Annual Conference - Augusta, Maine
More Info: http://www.ppsgm.org 

August 12-14, 2011 - Living Well with Parkinson's Disease Retreat
Parkinson's Foundation of Western Pennsylvania - Ligonier, PA
More Info: http://pfwpa.org

June 17, 2011 - Annual Iowa Parkinson Disease Conference
Midwest Parkinson's Disease Conference & Young Onset Conference
More Info: http://www.youngparkinsons.org/how-we-can-help/young-onset-events--2/midwest-parkinsons-disease-conference-young-onset-conference

April 8, 2011 - Voice Aerobics™ Seminar
Senior Friendship Center - Sarasota, FL

March 28, 2011 - Educational Symposium
Parkinson Research Foundation's Treatments of the Future.
Marriott Tampa Westshore, Tampa, FL
More Info: http://www.parkinsonresearchfoundation.org

2011 Events

February, 2011 - Mexico Educational Cruise
Spnsor: PRF

April 2, 2011 Missouri Speech and Hearing Conference (MSHA)
2011 MSHA Convention

Tan-Tar-A Resort, Gold Club, Marina and Indoor Waterpark, Osage Beach, MO

2010 Events

September 25- October 2 - Alaska Educational Cruise
Sponsor: Parkinson's Research Foundation

October 26, 2010 - Live Well With Parkinson's
(Co-sponsors: Hope Parkinson's Program, APDA, Conficare Home Health)
Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte, Fl

October 30, 2010 - Voice Aerobics™ DVD & Voice Aerobics™ Songbirds Seminar
DBS Voices of the Rockies - A Colorado Non-Profit Corporation, Denver metro area

November 1, 2010 - Boca Raton Educational Conference http://www.parkinsonresearchfoundation.org/

April 24, 2010 - Fourth Annual PRF Parkinson s Disease Conference
Sponsored by University of South Florida and the PRF Center of Excellence,
Teva Neurosciences and UCB
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel Tampa, FL

January 8-11, 2010 - Bahama Educational Cruise
Parkinson's Research Foundation (PRF)

Previous Events

December 5, 2009 - Hope Parkinson's Program Fall Symposium
Crowne Plaza- Fort Myers Fl.

November 9, 2009- Care of Your Voice
Held at Shell Point Village and Retirement Community. Fort Myers, FL

June 17, 2009 - National Parkinson Foundation Orange County Chapter
Lakeview Community Center, Irvine, CA
Group Leader was Karen Wibbens (949) 262-3422

May 15, 2009 - Voice Aerobics™ Lunch and Learn Seminar
The Preserve at Palm Aire, Pompano Beach, FL
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April 1, 2009 - Voice Aerobics™ Lunch and Learn Seminar
Best Western Ambassador Suites - 400 Commercial Court, Venice, FL
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Feb 7,2009 - Movement Is Life For People With Parkinson's Disease:
CE Course for Physical, Occupational, and Speech-Language Pathologists, Lehigh Acres, FL
Contact was: Jeanne Csuy, Parkinson's Outreach Coordinator @ 239-931-8838

Feb 6, 2009 - 6th Annual Parkinson's Symposium:
"Movement is Medicine". Fort Myers, Fl 33908
Contact was: Jeanne Csuy, Parkinson's Outreach Coordinator @ 239-931-8838.

January 14, 2009 - Voice Aerobics™ Lunch and Learn Seminar:
Mid-County Library - 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. Port Charlotte

Nov 13, 2008 - Northport Parkinson's Support Group Meeting:
First Presbyterian Church, 5600 Biscayne Dr.
Contact was: June Malkin (941) 426-4624.

November 15, 2008 - SW Florida Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Fall Symposium:

“Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa,” Bonita Springs, Florida
With tracks for professionals and patients and caregivers.


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