We are pleased to offer LSVT Loud therapy, a specialized treatment approach for individuals with speech and voice disorders related to Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. LSVT Loud, also known as Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, is an evidence-based therapy program designed to improve vocal loudness, speech clarity, and communication effectiveness. Our highly trained and certified speech-language pathologists utilize LSVT Loud’s intensive and targeted exercises to strengthen and retrain the voice muscles, helping individuals overcome the challenges associated with reduced vocal volume and articulation difficulties. By focusing on vocal loudness and sensory awareness, LSVT Loud can significantly enhance speech intelligibility and restore confidence in communication.
Experience the transformative impact of LSVT Loud therapy at Altruistic Therapy Services and regain control of your voice and speech abilities.
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Nearly 90% of individuals with PD have speech and voice disorders that negatively impact communication abilities. These disorders include reduced vocal loudness, monotone, hoarse, breathy voice quality, and imprecise articulation, perceived as mumbling, and other rate-related features, such as hesitations and short rushes of speech. In contrast to previous medical “chart review” literature suggesting a mid- or late-stage onset of speech and swallowing symptoms in PD, more recent investigations with sensitive and valid measures consistently report speech symptoms in early PD. Further, self-report data from individuals with PD have indicated that voice and speech changes are associated with inactivity, embarrassment, and withdrawal from social situations.
LSVT LOUD trains the target of vocal loudness in order to (1) enhance the voice source, consistent with improving the carrier in the classic engineering concept of signal transmission, (2) use vocal loudness as a trigger for distributed effects (e.g., improved articulation, vocal quality and intonation, and reduced rate) across the speech production system, (3) recalibrate sensorimotor perception of improved vocal loudness, and (4) train a single self-cue and attention to action to facilitate generalization of treatment effects into functional communication.
Benefits of LSVT Loud Therapy
Research on LSVT LOUD has documented improved impact on multiple levels of functioning in people with PD following treatment including:
Improved articulation and speech intelligibility
Improvements in facial expression
Changes in neural functioning related to voice and speech