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What are some tips if Parkinson's disease makes it hard for me to talk?

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1. Speak slowly.

2. Talk in quiet, well-lit places.

3. Look at the person you’re speaking to, and make sure they can see your face.

4. Say one or two words or syllables per breath.

5. Over-articulate your speech by prolonging the vowels and exaggerating the consonants.

6. Ask your speech therapist about any exercises that claim to strengthen weakening muscles.

7. Rest your voice before you have to talk a lot.

8. Carry paper and pen to write things down. Or use an alphabet board.

9. Say only the words you need to make your point.

From: Parkinson's Disease and Speech Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 10/21/2018

SOURCES:

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Speech Therapy in PD."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Coping with Symptoms."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Speech & Swallowing."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Speech Therapy in PD."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Coping with Symptoms."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Speech & Swallowing."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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