Parkinson's Disease: Interventions for the SLP

Parkinson's Disease: Interventions for the SLP 

During the course you will learn about Parkinson’s disease (PD), including pathophysiology and characteristics of PD that impact a person’s speech, swallowing, and cognition. You will examine the role of the speech-language pathologist for assessment and management of related deficits as well as rehabilitation considerations, specific evaluation and assessment, and intervention and management techniques. The role and value of community-based resources to support an individual managing Parkinson’s disease will be presented.


Hours: 2.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level; Professional area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 2.50 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 2.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-PDTSS
Hours: 2.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify three common characteristics of Parkinson’s disease.
Explain the impact Parkinson’s disease may have on a person’s speech, swallowing, and cognition.
Identify three areas assessed by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) during a comprehensive evaluation.
Describe three treatment options for speech, swallowing, and cognition.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Parkinson’s Disease Overview for the SLP



Disease Progression

Medical Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Goals of SLP Treatment

Community-Based Support



Section 3: Dysarthria Assessment


Dysarthria and Parkinson’s Disease

Progression of Speech Deficits with Parkinson’s Disease

Evaluation of Dysarthria

Oral Peripheral Examination

Formal Tests

Informal Auditory Perceptual Assessment

Instrumental Assessment



Section 4: Dysarthria Treatment

Approach to Intervention



Oral-Motor Non-speech Exercises

Articulation Training


Vocal Volume

Vocal Pitch

Speech Rate

Overall Speech Intelligibility



Section 5: Dysphagia Assessment

Dysphagia Signs and Symptoms

Interview and Medical Record Review

Oral Peripheral Examination

Therapeutic Trials of Solids and Liquids

Pattern of Mastication

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

Dry Mouth

Instrumental Dysphagia Test Results

Self-Assessment of Swallowing



Section 6: Dysphagia Treatment

Goals of Dysphagia Intervention

Oral Motor Strengthening Exercises

Thermal/Tactile Stimulation

Expiratory Muscle Strengthening Treatment (EMST)


Shaker Exercises

Diet Modifications

Compensatory Strategies

Feeding Strategies

Chin Tuck

Compensatory Swallowing Strategies and Exercises

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

Surface Electromyography (sEMG)

Video-Assisted Swallowing Therapy (VAST)

Alternative Nutrition and Hydration

Efficacy of Dysphagia Treatments for Patients with PD



Section 7: Cognitive/Linguistic Assessment

Cognitive/Linguistic Deficits Overview

Cognitive/Linguistic Testing

Areas of Cognitive/Linguistic Assessment

Screening and Assessment Tools



Section 8: Cognitive-Communicative Treatment

Approaches to Cognitive-Communicative Treatment

Lifestyle Modification



Section 9: Clinical Vignette

Meet Betty

Section 10: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP 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: Advanced level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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