Major

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

This report aims to provide background information related to voicing in Parkinson’s Disease (PD), review the various therapeutic approaches used to benefit individuals diagnosed with PD, and examine how voice impairments affect the lives of individuals with PD. Specifically, therapy techniques focusing on voice and techniques applied in the group therapy setting will be reviewed. PD has a multitude of consequences on an individual’s life, and speech is an area that is greatly affected. This project will highlight some of the interventions that can positively impact the lives of those with Parkinson’s Disease and reflect on how the group therapy setting can enhance their therapy experience.

Research in support of this project has been gathered through on-site evaluation and therapy observations in addition to a literature review; this permits a comparison between previous findings and what is practiced in the clinical setting. Additionally, to measure the impact of voice impairments on the quality of life of individuals with PD, an alternative version of the Voice Handicap Index was administered. Using these methods, I was able to gain valuable insight in the role of the speech-language pathologist in treating clients with PD through my observation of a diagnostic evaluation, as well as through leading multiple sessions through the Voice Clinic.

Research Sponsor

Nancy D. Harris

First Reader

Susan U. Ruhlin

Second Reader

Dr. Angela E. Reif

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