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Speech Therapy for Parkinson's Disease

SPEAK OUT!®

Thompson Health speech-language pathologists are now offering SPEAK OUT!®, a therapeutic protocol developed by the Parkinson Voice Project to improve and preserve the voices of individuals with Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson-plus syndromes. 

During 12 individual speech therapy sessions, the patient and the speech-language pathologist work their way through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a comprehensive workbook. The program encourages patients to “speak with intent” in a confident and deliberate fashion. Intentional movements use the pyramidal system which is not affected by Parkinson’s disease. Speaking with intent bypasses the neuropathways impaired by Parkinson’s disease (extrapyramidal system) and results in a stronger, clearer voice. The practice tasks can also strengthen the muscles used in swallowing, lessening the risk of aspiration which is common with Parkinson’s disease. Those interested in this therapy – which is covered by insurance – must first get a script from their doctor for a speech evaluation. 

Loud Crowd®

Thompson Hospital holds a weekly LOUD Crowd® for patients who have completed their SPEAK OUT!® training.

For more information

Call the Department of Speech Pathology at (585) 396-6057.
Visit www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org/SPEAKOUT

To schedule your evaluation:

Call Thompson Health Rehabilitation Services at
(585) 396-6050

Meet Our Team

Kimberly Ricigliano M.S., CCC-SLP Senior Speech Pathologist for Acute/CCC/Outpatient

Kimberly Ricigliano M.S., CCC-SLP 
Senior Speech Pathologist for Acute/CCC/Outpatient 


Inga Simning M.A., CCC-SLP

Inga Simning M.A., CCC-SLP 
Speech Pathologist for Acute/CCC/Outpatient 


Chelsey Auburn M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Pathologist for Acute/CCC/Outpatient

Chelsey Auburn M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist for Acute/CCC/Outpatient 


Amanda Sudore M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Pathologist for Acute/CCC/Outpatient

Amanda Sudore M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist for Acute/CCC/Outpatient