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Speak Out & Loud Crowd

What is SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd?


SPEAK OUT! Is a therapy program geared towards helping people with Parkinson’s disease to improve their voice, communication, and swallowing.  In this program, speech is metamorphosed from an automatically communication process to an intentional process.  SPEAK OUT! Can be completed in 12 sessions over four weeks, and then the client transitions to the LOUD Crowd.  During this four-week span, clients report improvements in their speaking, ability to be heard, and most of all an overall quality of life.


LOUD Crowd is the group therapy portion of the program and meets once weekly.  The sessions provide maintenance for skills obtained during SPEAK OUT! And are a source of camaraderie for the members.  Southern University Speech and Hearing Clinic offers LOUD Crowd for free to SPEAK OUT! Graduates.


The SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd therapy regimens were developed at Parkinson Voice Project in Richardson, TX.  You can visit their website Here.


When and Where Can I Receive Services?

SPEAK OUT! Is generally offered on weekday mornings. LOUD Crowd meets on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.  All sessions occur at Southern University Speech and Hearing Clinic or can be virtual through our telehealth program at no cost to you.  The services we are offer is free of charge.



Just so you know…… you are not alone.  We are here to HELP!


  • Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson's disease (PD), which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). This is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030.
  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.
  • More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.
  • Incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson's disease than women.




I have Parkinson’s disease.  When should I begin seeing a speech therapist?


According to studies, up to 89% of people with Parkinson’s disease develop difficulty communicating and up to 95% develop difficulty swallowing. To postpone and prevent this decline, it is optimal to begin speech therapy as soon as possible. Participation in SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd can change the effects that Parkinson’s disease has on your voice and more importantly, your life. Muscles become weak because they are not used to their full capacity, not because Parkinson’s is making them weak. SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd requires you to use the muscles for speaking and swallowing to their full potential to prevent decline.


When is the best time to enroll in SPEAK OUT! Therapy?


The time is now.  The sooner the better.  If someone with Parkinson’s is experiencing any of the following difficulties

  • Reduced Volume
  • Hoarse-sounding vocal quality
  • Frequent throat clearing
  • Trialing off at the end of sentences
  • Some days the voice sounds normal; other days it doesn’t


If someone with Parkinson’s is experiencing any of the speech difficulties listed above, an evaluation with a speech-language pathologist trained in the SPEAK OUT! treatment method (SPEAK OUT! Provider) is recommended.  Early intervention is very important to minimize future swallowing difficulties.  Parkinson’s patients who complete SPEAK OUT! typically experience improvement in a matter of days.  Why wait?





Once you are signed up for our SPEAK OUT! Program, what does

a day look like?


At Southern University Speech and Hearing Clinic, patients typically receive three SPEAK OUT! sessions a week for four weeks.


Complete one lesson in the SPEAK OUT! Workbook twice a day for twenty-five days.


Upon completion of SPEAK OUT! complete one lesson from the SPEAK OUT! Workbook daily.  In addition, participate in a weekly LOUD Crowd group to maintain the improvements made in therapy.


Please see sample below of the training program that is provided for patients



What costs are associated with these services?

SPEAK OUT! LOUD Crowd is absolutely free to anyone interested and need our services offered at SUSHC.