Conditions & Treatments

The Chase Family Movement Disorders Center is committed to enabling people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders to do the things they love and extend their freedom of movement as long as possible.

A movement disorder can reveal itself with mild, almost imperceptible, changes in the body: impairment of coordination or dexterity, involuntary movements, hand or head shaking, slowed gait, balance problems, a change in posture, abnormalities of speech, muscle cramping and posturing or overall slowness that impairs performance of everyday tasks. The causes, symptoms and treatments vary from patient to patient. A proper diagnosis and early detection at the Movement Disorders Center ensures the best treatment.

Treatment Specialties

We believe in the value of an integrated approach to care. So beyond the management provided by our specialists in neurology and movements disorders, your care will also involve the expertise of other specialists as needed, such as urologists, physiatrists, gastroenterologists, psychiatrists, dermatologists, sleep medicine specialists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, pain specialists, surgeons and of course, your primary care physician.

Or we might connect you with speech therapists, physical and occupational therapists, geneticists, nutritionists, social workers, psychotherapists, holistic/integrative medicine practitioners, palliative and home-care providers and, to enhance your overall sense of well-being, physical strength and flexibility — even dance, yoga or boxing instructors.

Novel Treatments

  • Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for sustained involuntary muscle contractions, facial spasms or spasticity.
  • Deep-brain stimulation surgery to implant electrodes in the brain that interrupt abnormal brain activity, acting like a pacemaker for the brain.
  • Intra-intestinal pump to administer medications in a continuous infusion.
  • Injections of fast-acting medication to supplement an otherwise stable medication regimen.
  • New oral medications, as they become available, to supplement current treatments.
  • Rehabilitation programs for various stages of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders such as dystonia, tremors, tics, ataxia, chorea and gait disorders.

Hartford Healthcare Rehabilitation Network is pleased to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®.


SPEAK OUT!® places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Together, patients and their speech-language pathologist work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a SPEAK OUT!® Workbook.

Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!®, patients transition to The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of weekly group sessions led by a speech-language pathologist. The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed, and group members provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another.

Participation in The LOUD Crowd®, along with daily home practice and six-month re-evaluations, has been shown to help patients maintain their communication skills throughout the progression of Parkinson’s. For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® or to schedule a speech evaluation, please call 860.490.9284.

The LOUD Crowd® meets Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm at the Chase Family Movement Disorder’s Community Room, located at 35 Talcottville Road, Vernon.

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