Predictors of Speech Outcomes in Parkinson’s Patients with Deep Brain Stimulation

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By Heather Jeng

Usually, we SLPs in the SNF find ourselves reading clinical research within the field of speech-language pathology. This month, we’re taking an interdisciplinary perspective by checking out what some of our neurosurgeon & neuroscience colleagues have been focusing on regarding deep brain stimulation (DBS) and speech intelligibility.

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Adventures in AAC

by Nancy Reinhardt

So, here’s the case that prompted the fascination: I had a cognitively intact patient who admitted to my nursing home with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (for those of you who don’t know, this is a disease that results in the gradual deterioration of the brainstem and results in, among other things, decreased speech intelligibility along w/ decreased coordination- for more information, I recommend visiting www.psp.org). On admit, this gentleman was able to verbally communicate, although speech intelligibility was markedly impacted to unfamiliar listeners.  Continue reading