Think LOUD: Improving Your Voice with Parkinson’s Disease

Written by: Heather Lindert, Graduate Student Intern, M.S., CF-SLP

The evidence-based Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program has been extensively researched and utilized with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. The research found that for many individuals, the improvements in voice using the LSVT techniques lasted up to two years after completing the therapy program.

What does LSVT treatment involve? Intensive, individual treatment sessions are conducted by a speech-language pathologist. The goal of therapy is to strengthen the muscles of breathing and speaking. Exercises are taught that increase the volume of the voice when speaking, without yelling or straining.  The result is increased speaking volume and speech that is more easily understood by listeners.

For individuals with a breathy, quiet or shaky voice due to Parkinson’s disease, the LSVT program is a therapy option that may be appropriate for you.  If you or someone you know could benefit from the LSVT for Parkinson’s disease, talk with the  physician for a referral to speech therapy at our Sports, Spine & Work CenterSt. Agnes Hospital location.

About Kerry Winget

Kerry Winget, AuD, CCC-SLP/A is a licensed speech language pathologist at St. Agnes Hospital. She has been working with adults in the medical setting for over 15 years. She has special interest in swallowing disorders and treatment. She recently earned her 9th Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

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