Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

Parkinson's Speech Therapy

The University of Toledo Clinic offers FREE group and individual speech therapy for persons diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease using the SPEAK OUT!® Therapy Program.

The SPEAK OUT!®  Therapy Program, developed by Parkinson Voice Project®, helps people with Parkinson's regain and retain their speech and swallowing.  This evidence-based program combines education for the patient and family, individual speech therapy, daily home practice using workbooks, flashcards, and online practice sessions, along with weekly speech groups, and regular re-evaluations.  For more information about Parkinson Voice Project, visit www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org

The UToledo Speech-Language Clinic offers individual therapy in the summer and year-round group therapy.

Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Services (utoledo.edu)

The clinic has received several clinical training grants from Parkinson Voice Project.

June 3, 2024     Parkinson Voice Project® Awards 2024 SPEAK OUT!® Clinical Education Grant

to University of Toledo

Richardson, Texas — Parkinson Voice Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the voices of people with Parkinson’s, named University of Toledo a 2024 SPEAK OUT! Grant Program recipient.

 Grant recipients include hospitals, universities, private practices, and other organizations providing speech therapy across the United States and abroad. Each Clinical Education grant recipient receives training for their speech-language pathologists and students, SPEAK OUT! eLibrary access, and the opportunity for SPEAK OUT! workbooks and other materials.

The SPEAK OUT! Grant Program honors the late Daniel R. Boone, Ph.D., a world-renowned speech-language pathologist who recognized in the 1950s that individuals with Parkinson's could improve their communication by “speaking with intent." Based on Boone’s teachings and developed by Parkinson Voice Project, the SPEAK OUT! Therapy Program is a highly effective, comprehensive program that helps people with Parkinson’s and related neurological disorders regain and retain their speech and swallowing. By combining individual and group SPEAK OUT! Therapy with ongoing patient and family education, people with Parkinson’s learn to transition speech from an automatic function to an intentional act.

“Up to 90% of people with Parkinson’s are at risk of losing their ability to speak. In addition, swallowing complications account for 70% of the mortality rate in this patient population. Our vision at Parkinson Voice Project is to make quality speech therapy accessible to people with Parkinson’s worldwide,” said Samantha Elandary, Parkinson Voice Project’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

As a 2024 SPEAK OUT! Grant Program recipient, University of Toledo is committed to offering Parkinson Voice Project’s SPEAK OUT! Therapy Program to help people with Parkinson’s and related neurological disorders in their community.

About Parkinson Voice Project 

Parkinson Voice Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely dedicated to improving speech and communication in individuals with Parkinson’s.  The organization is headquartered in Richardson, Texas and has trained more than 10,000 clinicians in more than 40 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Greece, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, South Africa, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For information, visit: https://www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Caroline Menezes
Clinical Program Supervisor
419.530.4443
caroline.menezes@utoledo.edu

Jennifer Hale
Clinical Program Supervisor
419.530.6694
jennifer.hale@utoledo.edu

In addition, you may contact The University of Toledo Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic directly at 419.530.4339.

Speech-Language Pathology Home Page

Parkinson’s Resources:
Parkinson Voice Project
Parkinson Voice Project/Our Speech Therapy Program
Parkinson Foundation of NW Ohio

Last Updated: 6/3/24