My speech sounds different
Your voice may sound quieter or lack clarity due to a medical condition or possible medical condition. Making it difficult to talk on the phone, to family and friends or in a group.
You can improve the way your voice sounds by using clear speech strategies, it will help you to feel confident and more in control.
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Clear speech strategies
Slow: slow your rate of speech down.
Loud: Talking louder makes it easier for others to hear you as you automatically take a deeper breath and slow down, helping improve your articulation.
Over articulate: opening your mouth wider to pronounce the word.
Pause: Take regular pauses use this as an opportunity to take a breath.
Here are list of exercises for you to practice using the SLOP strategies. Do these exercises daily.
- Say your name, address, telephone number, date of birth
- Read aloud a section from a book, magazine or a poem. Remember to pause at the end of a sentence to top up with air.
- Write down 10 regular phrases that you use on a daily basis and practise saying these
- Use have a conversation remembering to use the SLOP strategies
- Use your loud clear voice every time you talk. Remember to reduce background noise where possible and use eye contact.
This is a video for our patients with Parkinson’s disease reminding you how to do voice exercises.
Doing these voice exercises every day is a way to have some control over your Parkinson’s disease and actively do something positive to achieve a normal speaking volume.
If you have Parkinson’s disease and would like to find out more about Loud Therapy, please contact the service.