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 Center – St. Agnes Hospital location.