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Let's discuss our speech issues

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I find that it is very hard to get my old speech back even when I am properly medicated. I am debating whether I should use LSVT loud or some other program. I already have a loud voice and my problem is proper enunciation. Stuttering happens randomly.

Please share your experiences and how you dealt with it.

Thanks in advance.


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FWIW, Dragon speech to text enforces good enunciation. (It can also be very frustrating at times)

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pdpatient in reply to park_bear

Ah, @park_bear, thanks for the suggestion. I do have the software and I am surprised that I never thought about the benefits in this angle. I have been using it less because I have been frustrated by the lack of seamless translation. I would have to slow down considerably and painfully to get good results. Looks like I was unknowingly training myself. This jives with @ddmagee who suggests that I we slow down and enunciate clearly.

BTW (by the way), I know that I use acronyms frequently, but FWIW was a new one😇. I have not googled it, but let me guess - (for what it's worth)??


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park_bear in reply to pdpatient

You are correct!

I am having speech problems, gabbling and stuttering myworst problem. bloody PD.

For me, it helps that I majored in speech and voice in college! As a PD sufferer, I have found my speech to be affected, also! I practice enunciation, and putting more breath/air under my breathing. Deep breathing exercises help, for more volume, and more capacity for air. For you, likely, practice enunciation, slowly, emphasizing each syllable. Practice enunciating hard words that you have trouble with, and speak clearly, not rushing your words, where you could easily fall into a stuttering pattern. Oftentimes, we all think faster then we speak; therefore, having phonation problems, due to PD, requires more effort to speak clearly, and slowly. Speech therapy would, of course, be a recommendation for people, like us, who have troubles, at times, speaking. I would recommend setting up a consultation with a professional speech therapist, especially concerning the use of LSVT loud, or an alternate program.

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Ramondo in reply to ddmagee1

Very good advice,thank you.

I cover speech problems in my book “Music as medicine particularly in Parkinson’s” available on Amazon. Firstly singing strengthens the voice and it doesn’t matter how badly you sing for it to be beneficial. Also, music can be used to help you control the speed you speak and enable better enunciation, by using it as rhythmic cueing. Or you can just use a metronome (available as an app on your phone). Set the metronome at a slow beat, about 150 beats per minute. Find something to read and speak one syllable every beat, exaggerating your mouth and tongue movements. The rhythmic beat makes speaking slowly and clearly much easier. The book explains why music and a musical beat does this. Normal speech is 200-360 beats per minute but research has found that this exercise is most beneficial done at a speed 60% of this.amazon.co.uk/Music-As-Medic...


I hope this helps

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pdpatient in reply to Dap1948

Thanks, @dap1948. I will certainly try your suggestions and also get your book. Interestingly, my wife was telling me the other day that I should join a church choir😇


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Dap1948 in reply to pdpatient

Thanks for buying the book. It covers a lot of other symptoms too, so I hope you find it interesting. I should join that church choir. Singing in a group produces lots of positive hormones which make us feel better!


Speech Vive behind the ear piece. EMST breathing device.

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pdpatient in reply to clajac

@clajac, can you please expand, clarify and explain better? Seems interesting.






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