89% of those with Parkinson’s disease have difficulties with their speech, but only 5% receive treatment.  Parkinson’s can affect vocal loudness, intonation (rise and fall of voice), voice quality as well as reduce the clarity of speech, diminish facial expression and impair swallowing (resulting in coughing when eating and/or drinking).

Loud and Clear Speech sessions started with the Andover PD branch in 2013, and are now also run for the PD groups in Winchester, Southampton, Newbury, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Fareham, Guildford and Bromley.  The sessions are monthly and last for an hour.

All sessions are online, via Zoom.

What happens during the Loud and Clear Speech sessions?

The session starts with exercises to strengthen facial and tongue muscles. Handouts are provided in order that members can practise at home.

Members of the group are invited to take turns to read aloud a limerick or quote and a verse of the poem with the goal of learning to self-monitor their own volume, clarity and rate of speech.

Members are under no pressure to read aloud; those who choose not to will still benefit from the activity as they can apply the strategies to their own speech.

 

What will I gain from attending?

  • Knowledge of the impact of Parkinson’s on speech and swallowing – and the knowledge of how to minimise the impact on them.
  • Support from other members.
  • Regular access to a speech and language therapist specialising in Parkinson’s disease, who is also a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD®) certified clinician.

 

Testimonials:

“I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2018 but only joined the Loud and Clear Southampton branch group in December 2020.  It did not know anything about speech therapy or that I could benefit from it but I did know that communicating with people was getting harder and that sometimes it was easier not to bother.  Celia has shown me how to increase the strength of my voice and to speak more clearly.  She gave me some easy exercises to do, with immediate results, which has encouraged me to keep doing them.  Her group sessions are fun and she goes to great trouble to find amusing things for us read out loud.  They cause much comment and laughter.”

– DA, Southampton

“I would like to say how much my husband appreciates Loud and Clear sessions. Celia makes it such a relaxed and happy session – she is also very encouraging with the exercises and help she gives to make oneself be heard better.

My husband finds it very helpful and a good means of communication with people in the same situation. We have also found having the sessions via Zoom to be so good as we do not actually have to drive anywhere which is sometimes difficult as a result of my husband’s condition. Thank you very much Celia for these sessions.”

– SG, Andover

“Celia has worked with our Branch for nearly 5 years and continues to make her offerings informative and interesting and usually with a delightful vein of humour.

She has stepped up seamlessly to the changes necessitated by social distancing and has been supportive when we have tried different ways of involving our members.

A true professional with a heart of gold.”

– LB, Basingstoke

 

Andover Branch

Day
First Tuesday of the month

Time
11.30 am – 12.30pm 

Contact
Judith Sexton
01264 356308
judavidsexton@aol.com

Basingstoke Branch

Day
First Tuesday of the month 

Time
10.00am – 11.00am

Contact

Len Potts

01635 297832

lenpotts@btinternet.com

Newbury Branch – 2 groups

GROUP 1

Day
First Tuesday of the month

Time
3.30pm – 4.30pm

Contact
Eugene Futcher
efutcher@gmail.com

GROUP 2

Day
First Monday of the month (with the exception of Bank Holidays)

Time
10am – 11am 

Contact
Margaret Blaine
margaretjb28@gmail.com

Salisbury Branch

Day
First Tuesday of the month

Time
2pm – 3pm

Contact
Salisbury Branch enquiries
01722 712 567

Southampton Branch

Day
First Monday of the month (with the exception of Bank Holidays)

Time
11.30am – 12.30am

Contact
Mary Shorter
02380 449652
shorter979@btinternet.com

Winchester Branch

Day
First Tuesday of the month 

Time
11.30am – 12.30am

Contact
Jean Gowland
02380 261 996
jeangowland@gmail.com