Although our physical centre is now closed we are excited to continue Let’s Talk LOUD virtually.
ANNOUNCEMENT 1: We have confirmed with the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators and Speech and Hearing BC that our virtual Let’s Talk LOUD program is currently available to residents of British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Territories of Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon.
ANNOUNCEMENT 2: Virtual Info Session for Let’s Talk LOUD for YOPD.
Let’s Talk LOUD is virtual monthly group voice therapy sessions. Learn about communication and swallowing concerns common in Parkinson’s disease. Participate in voice training including breath and posture work to help strengthen voice and communication. Learn about the importance of hearing in speech. These sessions are for those already experiencing communication and swallowing challenges as well as those who wish to be proactive in their treatment. One support person is recommended and included for free. *Let’s Talk LOUD virtual services deliver effective, efficient, and safe virtual care, meeting standards of practice and Code of Ethics as outlined by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC and follows the Standard of Practice for Virtual Care.*
ASSESSMENT: The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) meets virtually with potential group members to determine eligibility and fit for the group.
INSTRUCTOR: Emma Cawood, Speech Language Pathologist, LSVT LOUD Certified
HOW IT WORKS: Classes will be offered via Zoom. Those who have registered in advance will receive a reminder email with a link to the session.
Wed + Fri from 11:30am – 12:30pm OR 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Next Monthly Sessions:
May 31, June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 & 23.
July – no sessions
August – dates to be announced
* We are now offering FREE assessments plus if you do not have extended health coverage for Speech Therapy and the cost of Let’s Talk LOUD is prohibitive to you please send us an email. We are able to offer free assessments and assistance due to one of our long time clients, Sue “Slugger” Sayer, who bequeathed funds to us to continue supporting collective efforts to provide much needed programs, research and advocacy for Parkinson’s initiatives. Thank you Sue.
FOR MORE DETAILS + TO REGISTER: Email email@example.com. Call 604-525-2631.
“I received my M.Sc.A in Speech Language Pathology from McGill University (2020) and I am a LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) LOUD for Life certified clinician (2021). I am currently working at Burnaby Hospital and have a particular interest in swallowing disorders and voice. I am very excited and honoured to be joining the IMPACT Parkinson’s Let’s Talk LOUD groups starting in May 2021. I was involved with the groups last year as a student clinician with Mia Mosters and was inspired by the dedication and commitment of everyone involved. The best part was seeing how much the participants got out of the group sessions and the friendships that formed between them.
In my spare time I like to read fiction and hone my pasta-making skills using my pasta machine. I speak French, a bit of Spanish, and am currently taking Mandarin classes at Langara College.”
“Let’s Talk LOUD”, run on Zoom by a very capable Speech Language Pathologist, is a boon to those who do not live near, nor can afford the in-person speech therapy sessions. The group sessions, limited to 8 participants, are excellent for working on and improving your voice in a supportive environment. The fact that the groups members usually return “en mass” each month is proof that the members feel value in the program and each other. Having Parkinson’s challenges many aspects of one’s life. “Let’s Talk LOUD” let’s you work on your voice in a positive and impactful way.
I have just completed a “Let’s Talk LOUD” session with IMPACT Parkinson’s. The group voice therapy is designed to allow us to speak LOUD. The Speech Language Pathologist is an amazing therapist – she has the ideal balance of professionalism and being social. I was reticent at first to “AHHHH” at my strongest level, but her way of presenting knowledge with humour made me “AHHHH” happily in no time!