Speak Up! Better Speech for People with Parkinson’s

Preliminary Release of a New Website Introducing a Proven, Cost-Effective Approach to Speech Therapy

December 29, 2011 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)  Bonnie Bereskin and Paul Walsh are very pleased to announce the preliminary release of a new website – Speak Up! — which delivers an innovative, cost-effective voice therapy that works. Many websites describe the problems and losses of Parkinson’s, MSA, PSP, and other neuro-degeneraive disorders, but few describe what the individual can do to maintain functioning.

Learn more about Speak Up! at www.parkinsonspeechhelp.com.
Why is it a preliminary release? There are two main reasons:

  1. We are hoping to get feedback from viewers — the content is virtually all there.
  2. The ‘look and feel’ (colours, fonts, art) and the content organization are not finalized.

Despite proven effectiveness only about 5% of those with Parkinsonism receive speech therapy. Speech-Language Pathology resources are limited and treatment is expensive. Most individuals with the disorder miss the opportunity to attain a louder, stronger voice and they gradually become more difficult to be understood.

The disease is increasingly prevalent as we age. About 1% of those over the age of 60 have Parkinson’s disease. Not only does it affect walking, balance and fine motor functioning but it gradually weakens the voice and reduces one’s ability to speak clearly. This new website provides information about the voice changes of Parkinsonism and suggestions on improving voice and speech.

Speak Up! is designed to give those affected by Parkinsonism (Parkinson’s disease, MSA, PSP) information about the disorders and their effects on communication. The Communication Circles described on the site allow the individual to structure on-going, intensive and cost-effective speech therapy. Most importantly the website will offer specific guidance on improving speech and maintaining hope.

Speak Up! is a joint project of Bonnie Bereskin, a speech-language pathologist with many years experience in the field, and Paul Walsh, an IT specialist with a Parkinsonism disorder, specifically Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). They were ably assisted by Kevin Walsh, who provided the technical expertise to transform the content to the web format.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bonnie Bereskin, M. Ed., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO at bbereskin@hotmail.com.

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Editor’s Note: Dear readers, I have not gone AWOL. I have spent most of my free time over the last few months working with Bonnie Bereskin on the Speak Up! project. I hope you will find the effort worthwhile. I will be back to blogging very soon!

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