Declining vocal strength, muffled speech, and difficulty swallowing are common issues patients with PD will experience, affecting their communication and eating. LSVT LOUD is a specific exercise and speech therapy approach that follows a standardized treatment protocol and trains participants to strengthen the muscles used in speaking and swallowing.
With documented improved ratings on tests of vocal intensity, LSVT LOUD treatment protocols empower individuals with PD to:
- improve function speak better
- keep their voice alive
LSVT LOUD is beneficial whether an individual has begun to experience impaired function or not.The LSVT treatment model may also benefit clients with other diagnoses as well such as:
- multiple sclerosis
- cerebral palsy
- Down syndrome
Speech-language pathologists improve vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a series of loud exercises. Therapy does not train people to shout or yell - rather it trains a healthy, louder voice with no strain.
Outcomes show that 90% of patients improve vocal loudness following treatment with a majority maintaining improvement for 12-24 months after treatment.
Visit LSVTGlobal website for further details or if you'd like to learn more about LSVT and how it can help you or a loved one, please call our Chula Vista Clinic where our Speech Language Pathologist Katherine Gaskins is specially certified in LSVT BIG.