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LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) has developed two clinically-proven methods for improving voice/speech and movement in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease as well as aging and other conditions including stroke, MS, CP, and Down’s Syndrome. LSVT BIG is delivered by certified Physical or Occupational Therapists while LOUD is utilized by certified Speech Language Pathologists.
LSVT BIG is an evidence based treatment program that focuses on the single goal of “moving BIG’ with whole body movements. These movements target amplitude (“bigness”) verses quality of movement to improve an individual’s ability to move and balance. In turn, these improvements positively impact the individual’s quality of life. Improvement is demonstrated with everyday activities such as standing from chair or recliner, getting in and out of bed and car, walking and other activities such as dancing!
LSVT LOUD is an evidence based, effective speech treatment prescribed to improve vocal loudness, intonation, and voice quality as well as facial expression and swallowing. During the treatment program, administered by a LOUD-certified speech language pathologist, the focus is on ‘speaking LOUD’. LSVT LOUD improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box and speech mechanism through a systemic hierarchy of exercises, which will allow patients to improve their communication abilities as well as quality of life.
The treatment for each program is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (four individual 60 minute sessions per week). Following each therapy session, the individual is given homework with carryover assignments, which will allow the patient to master the exercises and incorporate them into daily activities.
For more info on BIG and LOUD treatments and to see how these programs have made a difference in the lives of several individuals with Parkinson’s, see our videos.
|John||Before / After|
|Ah Sound Pre LVST LOUD Program||Ah Sound Post LSVT
|Rainbow Reading Pre
LSVT LOUD Program
|Rainbow Reading Post LSVT LOUD Program|
|Conversation Pre LSVT LOUD Program||Conversation Post LSVT LOUD Program|