How do I find a Parkinson’s speech therapist?

Kathleen Donohue - Ask the Parkinson's Expert

Kathleen Donohue is a speech-language pathologist who works for Boulder Community Health’s Home Care Department. She’s been a speech therapist for 30 years and has been working with people with Parkinson’s for the past 10. In this video, she shares qualities of a good speech therapist and how to know you’re getting the right treatment for you.

Questions to ask your potential speech therapist:

  1. How frequently do you have people with Parkinson’s on your caseload?
  2. How many people with Parkinson’s have you treated in the last month? In the last year?
  3. Do you have any additional training in the area of Parkinson’s?
  4. What have you learned from treating people with Parkinson’s?

Qualities of a good speech therapist:

A good therapist will have:

  • Good listening skills
  • A desire to partner with you to develop goals
  • The skills and experience to create a personalized solution for your unique situation
  • A desire to break the mold to get you the help you need
  • Flexibility

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