Therapeutic Interventions for Parkinson’s Disease


This presentation will concisely review the therapeutic interventions for speech, cognitive, and swallowing impairments seen in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Clinicians often lack knowledge of current appropriate interventions for people with PD. The types of impairments seen in this patient population and evidence based treatments will be discussed. Studies have shown that people with Parkinson’s show greatest improvement with activities that are task specific and high intensity with multiple repetitions. The target audience for this presentation is Speech-Language Pathologists. Disclosures: Disclosures: Heather Wise MS, CCC-SLP, BCS has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-ST733
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
Learning Objectives:
List three speech impairments that are seen in people with Parkinsons
List three compensatory strategies for memory/ cognitive deficits seen in people with Parkinsons.
Demonstrate understanding of various swallowing treatments used for people with Parkinsons.

I. Speech impairments seen in people with Parkinson’s A. Respiratory B. Vocal quality C. Articulation D. Resonance E. Prosody II. Compensatory strategies for cognitive deficits A. Repetition/ Daily routine B. Calendar/ Planner C. Taking notes D. Medication reminders E. Timers III. Interventions for dysphagia in people with Parkinson’s A. Sensory stimulation B. Strengthening exercises C. Biofeedback D. LSVT E. EMST F. NMES

Instructor: Heather Wise, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Heather Wise, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Millsaps College, and she received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently employed by Methodist Rehabilitation Center and provides services at the Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic. She was the first therapist in the state of Mississippi to be recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. In addition to being an active member of ASHA, Wise participates in the ASHA special interest group on swallowing and swallowing disorders. She is also a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her advanced certifications include LSVT LOUD clinician, VitalStim Provider, IM Certified Provider and certified McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Provider. Wise is also a registered MBSImP Clinician. Disclosure: Heather Wise, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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