No Excuses! Telepractice Brings Speech Therapy to YOU!

Communication changes are almost inevitable for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and because of this, routine referral of people newly identified with PD should be the norm rather than delaying until significant speech and voice changes develop ....

Communication: A basic right for hospitalized patients

Each month I write an article for the HealthyBody section of a locally distributed newspaper. May being Better Speech and Hearing month seemed a perfect time to highlight the importance of access to communication no matter what your underlying condition or medical...

Safe Use of Your Respiratory Muscle Trainer During COVID Pandemic

I was contacted recently by a customer asking about safe practices for use of a respiratory muscle training device during the COVID 19 pandemic. Respiratory muscle training (RMT) devices are handheld devices used to strengthen the muscles of inhalation and exhalation....

Parkinson’s Friendships Bring Laughter and Loss

On Friday, I learned that a member of my weekly LOUD Crowd® class was in Hospice. “Suddenly” he declined, his wife told me in an email. This morning, he passed away at home. It’s odd to think of death as coming “suddenly” when someone has a Parkinson’s diagnosis,...

Age Related Voice Changes Benefit from Exercise

Our voice is as distinctive as a fingerprint, and it reveals all: your age, or at least how old you sound, your physical and emotional well being, and mood. An “old” or sick sounding voice on an otherwise vibrant older person can be a distraction to listeners who are...