NOTICE: HAPS in-person groups and classes are beginning to reopen with precautionary measures in place. We continue to monitor the local COVID-19 situation and have implemented protocol that we feel is in the best interest of our participants, instructors, volunteers, and donated facilities. All participants must register or re-register and be pre-enrolled in order to attend in-person sessions. Contact the HAPS office for details. Stay connected to HAPS by checking our calendar of events or checking our Facebook page for the latest updates. 

Communication is a critical part of everyday life. Studies show 50-89% of people diagnosed with Parkinson's experience speech and voice disorders as a result of the disease. HAPS speech classes offer a group setting which provides a supportive environment within which to practice and carry over communication skills.

The classes help individuals with PD increase self-awareness about how their speech and voice sound through feedback from the therapist and other group members. The therapist provides ongoing education about the effects of PD on speech and swallowing, provides compensatory strategies to enable the person with Parkinson's and their care providers to maximize communication effectiveness and voice and speech treatment techniques for improving breath support, articulation and voice quality.

Speech classes are currently meeting virtually. To find a speech therapy class near you, call Angelica Rodriguez at 713.313.1652.