LSVT LOUD® is a speech treatment that can help improve vocal loudness, intonation, and voice quality for patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions. This program can offer substantial enhancement by training patients to use their voice at a “normal” loudness level in both home and community settings.
Employing a series of exercises, this therapy stimulates the larynx (voice box) muscles and speech mechanism. This helps people with PD to adjust how soft or loud they speak to others, while giving them confidence to use a stronger voice in various situations.
Research indicates that the LSVT LOUD® program can also help patients with atypical parkinsonism disorders and adults with speech issues related to multiple sclerosis and stroke.
The LSVT LOUD® is a four-week program with with four sessions per week, each lasting one-hour, conducted with a LSVT LOUD® certified speech pathologist.
Once patients complete this treatment protocol, they can move into the LOUD for LIFE® program.
LSVT LOUD for LIFE®
A weekly voice exercise class, LOUD for LIFE® is a program that allows patients to practice their correctly calibrated voices in social settings.
They will work with a speech language pathologist, along with fellow graduates of the LOUD® training, to challenge themselves with a variety of cognitive, communication, and motor tasks.
Patients also perform daily home practice and are re-evaluated every six months to help maintain their communication skills.
The speech language pathologists at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute have been specially trained and certified in the LSVT LOUD® and LOUD for LIFE® treatment protocols.
Patients require a prescription from their physician for a Speech Evaluation in order to begin these specialized programs. For more information, please call the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at 732-321-7063.