Practice Makes Perfect but Does it Apply to Speech?

Definition of Practice: to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient practice the act; to do repeated exercises for proficiency (source: Merriam Webster) We have all experienced times in our life when we practiced performing or perfecting a skill. We...

Aphasia Recovery: how much therapy is enough?

It was long taught that when someone acquired aphasia* following a stroke or other injury to the brain, the most dramatic recovery in speech and language would occur within the first 6 months, and after that period of time further recovery would be unlikely. But,...

Ready to Improve Your Speech? Join me for October FREE webinars

I am excited and privileged to be participating in two free webinars being offered to the Parkinson’s community this October. PCLA (Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles) will be hosting me for a webinar on Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:00-12:00pm PDT (2:00-3:00...

You Are What You Say: our language use tells on us

As Americans gear up for the final weeks leading up to the presidential election, an assortment of rants, insults, name calling and other forms of verbal abuse will likely continue to be a part of the political landscape, representing a change in cultural norms that...

Could You Speak Clearer in One Office Visit?

A new patient asked:  “am I coming to see you to find out how bad my voice is?” “NO,” I replied, “you’re coming to find out how good it could be!” Research has shown us that vocal behavior is hierarchically organized and that...

Do You Vote by Mail? Will Parkinson’s let your signature pass?

When seeing a patient for the first time, or for an annual re-assessment, they are required to sign a form, with four signature lines. If a patient has Parkinson’s disease, they will usually state that their handwriting is “horrible,” and rarely, if ever, do all four...