Speech Therapy Solutions for Parkinson's Disease!

Posted by Peter Harris

| Speech Therapy

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.

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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:

  • stroke
  • 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.

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Author Bio:

Peter embodies the essence and culture of Therapy Specialists. He represents our outpatient clinics to physicians and payers who are interested in working with Therapy Specialists to provide multi-disciplinary therapy services to their patients. He has been working with healthcare personnel and providers in San Diego for the last few years and has made a significant contribution to enhancing our established reputation for quality care in the community. In addition to his responsibility as director of outpatient sales, you have probably seen Peter’s work on our social media sites where he is responsible for curating and posting valuable content for our patients, associates, and business partners. He is also a part-owner of Therapy Specialists and serves on our Board of Directors helping to lead and guide our organization into the future.