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Bend Communication Skills Group

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Bend Fire Station

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1212 SW Simpson Ave

Bend, Oregon 97701

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Are you often asked to repeat a statement? Do you feel like people don't listen to you anymore? If so, you might be experiencing changes in communication related to PD. About 75% of people with PD have changes in their speech, voice, and swallowing at some point during the course of the disease. The same PD symptoms that occur in muscles of the body - tremor, stiffness, and slow movement - can occur in the muscles used in speaking: A soft voice, mumbled or fast speech, loss of facial expression, and problems communicating.

What can you do about it? Most people get the best improvement with speech and swllowing when medications are paired with practice and exercises. That is why Parkinson's Resources of Oregon developed this program for those who would like to improve their speech and communication. A certified speech and language pathologist instructs the group through a series of activities, exercises, and discussions. This program includes a variety of specifically designed exercises, discussion, and practice of strategies that can help in day-to-day settings.

This class is not intended to replace one-on-one speech therapy. Rather, this program is important as an early intervention for people beginning to experience vocal decline and as a resource for social support and interaction.

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