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Efficacy of Parkinsong Groups for improving Communication and Wellbeing in Parkinson's Disease

Jeanette Tamplin, Adam Vogel, Caterina Marigliani, Felicity A Baker, Jane Davidson, Meg E Morris, M Mercadal-Brotons (ed.), A Clements-Cortes (ed.)

Proceedings of the 15th WFMT World Congress of Music Therapy | World Federation of Music Therapy | Published : 2017


Communication impairment is one of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, significantly impacting quality of life (Miller, 2012). Speech characteristics may include a soft, monotone, breathy or hoarse voice quality, imprecise articulation, dysprosody and dysfluency (Skodda et al., 2013). These characteristics, combined with reduced nonverbal communication, cognitive-linguistic impairment and poor self-perception of speech, make communication difficult and lead to self-consciousness, reduced likelihood to participate in conversation, and the avoidance of social interaction that requires speaking. Communication difficulties can compound issues of depression and related social isolati..

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