Updated: Jun 8
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy, or LSVT, Loud is a scientifically-researched speech treatment program for adults with neurological disorders. The focus of LSVT Loud treatment is to improve your awareness of your vocal quality and the effort needed to produce a strong, clear voice. You will learn strategies to help you to generalize good vocal quality from simple sounds to your everyday speech.
Who can it help?
Patients with various vocal qualities: raspy, breathy, vocal tremor, imprecise articulation, poor respiratory support, etc.
The program is geared towards adults, and it includes education and training for their loved ones to understand the treatment process and at-home maintenance.
It was specifically developed for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), though it is also used to treat motor speech disorders like Multiple Sclerosis and ataxic dysarthria.
What does therapy look like?
At least 4 times/week for 60 minutes in a speech-language clinic.
There is a pre- and post- assessment of your vocal quality to monitor the effects of treatment.
Therapy consists of voice exercises that start with vowel sounds and work along a hierarchy to the conversation level.
Therapy exercises target respiratory and phonatory effort to shape the voice to produce a good quality and increase loudness in a healthy way
Home practice 2 times/day, with exercises explained by your Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).
The goal of treatment is to establish healthy vocal habits that can be maintained for at least 6 months without additional treatment.
If you think that you or a loved one could benefit from LSVT Loud, contact us to schedule a speech and language evaluation!