Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder which may affect all aspects of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Up to 90% of people with Parkinson’s will experience communications difficulties at some time. These aspects of the condition were first described by Dr James Parkinson in 1817.
Communication involves using gestures facial expression, voice and writing in words and sentences. In Parkinson’s the performance of well learned movement sequences needed for effective communication can be affected.
Common changes in non-verbal communication
- Mask-like face and reduced blink rate
- Body language changes
- Handwriting changes
Common changes in verbal communication
- Voice changes (very common) – quiet or husky voice, monotone
- Articulation changes (slurred speech)
- Language changes
Our brochure Parkinson’s and Communication Brochure contains more information on communication issues, tips and solutions.