7 Tips for Improving Speech and Communication

7 Tips for Improving Speech and Communication

Adopting a few different strategies can help overcome challenges related to speech and communication.

We know living with Parkinson’s can be challenging sometimes, particularly when it comes to speech and communication.

Understanding Speech Challenges:

Changes in the brain associated with Parkinson’s lead to smaller and less forceful movements which can impact the ability to speak clearly and maintain effective communication. These changes can significantly impact the daily lives of people with Parkinson’s, from unclear pronunciation and slurred speech to difficulty controlling the pace and volume of their voice. A quieter voice is also common; some people with Parkinson’s may think they are speaking loudly but, in reality, they are not. The alterations in speech can make everyday activities challenging. Perhaps impacting social interactions the most.

Adopting a few different strategies can help overcome these challenges and enhance communication. Here are our practical tips:

7 Tips for Improved Communication:

  • Choose a quiet environment where quiet voices can be easier to hear
  • Maintain good posture to optimise airflow from the lungs to the vocal cords
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the throat hydrated; avoid caffeine and alcohol which can dry out the mouth
  • Slow down speech to ensure clarity of words
  • Singing in a choir is a great way to practice breath support and voice projection
  • Reading aloud will help people with Parkinson’s get more comfortable with using a stronger voice
  • Keep talking! Speaking exercises the muscles that power the voice, so don’t stop!

Integrating these strategies into daily life and seeking professional guidance can significantly enhance the quality of communication and enable meaningful interactions for people with Parkinson’s.

While we can’t offer a cure for speech issues at gaitQ, we are here to support management of Parkinson’s symptoms in many other ways. Find out more at gaitQ