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What is LSVT Loud?

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

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!

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