LSVT LOUD®

If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease you may be noticing a gradual loss of voice loudness or volume, as well as more slurred speech. This is a common effect of having less dopamine for your body to use. (Please see the Parkinson’s page here for more details.)

A quiet voice and slurred speech lead to increased frustration with communication, leading to fewer attempts at communicating, leading to withdrawal from social situations, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness. FIGHT! This progression is common, but it’s not inevitable. You are not done talking yet, are you? Take control of your communication now, when you have the strength of today and the access to help.

In 2011 I completed training and became certified in LSVT LOUD®, with recertification completed in 2013 and 2015 (recertification required every two years). To receive this treatment you must see a clinician certified in the protocol.

LSVT LOUD® is  a globally standardized treatment protocol designed for speech therapists to use with people who have Parkinson’s disease, as well as other neurological causes of speech and voice difficulty. Extensive research has been conducted across the last 20+ years, establishing LSVT LOUD® as the “gold standard” treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Please visit the LSVT Global website for additional information.

Treatments delivered by LSVT® certified clinicians consist of the following:

  • Four consecutive LSVT LOUD® sessions a week, for four consecutive weeks
  • Sessions are individual one-hour treatment sessions
  • Daily homework practice (all 30 days of the month)
  • Daily carryover assignments (all 30 days of the month)

A doctor’s prescription for a medically necessary speech therapy evaluation and treatment (4 days a week for 4 weeks) will assist you in accessing LSVT LOUD® treatment. Clearance by an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctor is strongly recommended prior to beginning voice therapy.

This therapy program is highly effective, and well-worth the investment of time and energy required. I accept new patients for this program who are motivated, open to life-changing results, and willing to work both in 1-hour therapy sessions 4 times/week and in individualized daily homework.

If this sounds good but you are concerned about the amount of time required, or unsure about your ability to participate at this level, let’s talk about it. We may choose to try it out for a week and then make a decision. We may decide together that another course of action would be more appropriate for your personal goals. This is about YOU.

 

LSVT® is a trademark of LSVT Global, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.