SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® Programs for Parkinson's Patients

Up to 90% of people with Parkinson’s are at high risk of developing a weak voice that can lead to serious speech and swallowing issues. Through SPEAK OUT! and The LOUD Crowd, South Florida Baptist Hospital speech therapists work with Parkinson’s patients to convert speech from an automatic function to an intentional act.

SPEAK OUT! typically consists of 12 individual speech therapy sessions. Together, the patient and speech-language pathologist complete speech, voice and cognitive exercises using a specialized workbook.  Patients would need a physician order for speech therapy.

The LOUD Crowd consists of free group therapy sessions for patients who have completed SPEAK OUT! first. Participants perform exercises and follow up with daily home practice.  The LOUD Crowd provides camaraderie, support and encouragement for this patient population that is battling a progressive, degenerative condition. Although participants do not need to be South Florida Baptist Hospital patients, they do need to make an appointment with the South Florida Baptist Hospital speech therapist for an evaluation before joining the group. For that, they would need a physician order. LOUD Crowd groups will meet weekly in Bloomingdale and Plant City.

For more information about the program, contact the speech therapy department at our outpatient rehabilitation center, located in Plant City and the Bloomingdale HealthHub: (813) 707-9362.  To schedule a speech therapy appointment, call (813) 443-8028.