Do you want to get your old voice back, and have good quality loud speech?
LSVT is a voice treatment for adults with Parkinson’s Disease and other Neurological Disorders. It is an intense 1 hour a day, 4 week course of speech therapy. LSVT has the following long-term benefits:
- Improved vocal loudness
- Improved intelligibility
- More facial expression
- Improved ability to swallow
Common communication characteristics of Parkinson’s Disease that are affected by LSVT include:
- Reduced volume
- Flat intonation
- Mumbled speech
- Hoarse voice
- Facial masking (loss/reduction of facial expression)
Goal: For the patient to use their loud voice “automatically” in daily communication, and for there to be long-term carryover.
Treatment: LSVT is a high effort speech treatment which will cause tiredness in the patient. In order to improve an individual’s communication the therapist will push the patient hard. The techniques used in LSVT are common in speech therapy (pitch variation, sustained vowels), what is unique about LSVT is how these are integrated and the intensity with which it is administered.
Homework: LSVT involves daily tasks to ensure that the patient uses their loud voice in everyday situations; these will continue once the therapy has ceased. LSVT trains respiratory and laryngeal (voice box) coordination and rescales the amplitude of phonatory output (i.e. speaking) for generalisation to speech.
I am an experienced speech & language therapist, with my own private practice in central London who has helped many patients with Parkinson’s Disease to improve their speech. Please contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss any of these issues further.