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Medical Sciences Campus activates project to save Parkinson’s patients’ voices in Puerto Rico

Patients with this neurological disease often suffer from speech disorders.

Luisa Ochoa

December 07, 2022 | , Reading Time: 3 min

Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Photo: Courtesy of the Journal of Medicine and Public Health.

The Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico recently reported that it has activated its collaboration Parkinson’s Voice Project, Speak Out, so that with patients Parkinson’s hold your voice

Speak Out Therapy Dr. Daniel R. Boone, a speech-language pathologist, who discovered that people who Parkinson’s They can produce a strong and clear voice if they speak with determination.

9 out of 10 Parkinson’s patients may suffer from speech disorder

In this regard, Dr. Edna Carlo, director of the Speech-Language Pathology Program, said that “Nine out of ten people Parkinson’s They are at risk of having a voice that is difficult to hear and understand. In addition, a weak voice can lead to difficulty swallowing, which are some of the aspects we want to address with the Speak Out project.”

The project has been developed by the Communication Specialized Services Clinic (CLISEC), which is affiliated with the Speech-Language Pathology Program of the School of Health Professions (EPS), Medical Sciences Campus.

Specialized services for solving communication problems

In addition, the clinic cares for patients of any age, from children to adults, who have any language communication problems. Among the typical services they provide are:

Speech therapy for neurological and cognitive impairments;

voice therapy;

stammer therapy;

and treatment of dysphagia.

According to the expert, “related to the onset of the speech problem Parkinson’s This can happen so gradually that many patients do not realize they need help until speech and swallowing are severely affected, making treatment difficult. For this reason, early intervention is essential.”

How can you participate in the project

The University of Puerto Rico also indicated the requirements needed to participate in the program, which are: being able to follow instructions, commit to attending individual therapy sessions twice a week, and being home for 15 minutes each day. Practicing tasks on

Similarly, the duration of treatment is four weeks and then group maintenance sessions will be offered.

“Interested may call 787-758-2525, extensions 4401, 3208, 3418 or email Lcda. Amarilis Pagan-Vila amarilis.pagan@upr.edu.”, he informed.

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