Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is pleased to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®.
SPEAK OUT!® places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Together, patients and their speech-language pathologist work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a SPEAK OUT!® Workbook.
Patients must complete SPEAK OUT!®, before they transition to The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of weekly group sessions led by a speech-language pathologist . The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed, and group members provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another.
Participation in The LOUD Crowd®, along with daily home practice and six-month re-evaluations, has been shown to help patients maintain their communication skills throughout the progression of Parkinson’s. For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® or to schedule a speech evaluation, please call 630.933.1500.
Registration for The LOUD Crowd® may be completed following discharge from individual SPEAK OUT!® treatment. The LOUD Crowd® meets weekly with location and time provided by the speech-language pathologist.
Meets Wednesdays from 10 - 11am or Thursdays from 6 - 7pm.
Registration for The LOUD Crowd®: 630.933.4234.