Speech and Language Pathologists evaluate and treat a large variety of communication disorders and swallowing difficulties. Patient ages range from infant to geriatric. Patients dealing with difficulties from a stroke, head injury, or other neurological impairments, as well as child speech and language disorders, voice and fluency disorders, auditory training and augmentative communications benefit from speech and language therapies.
Virtually all people (89%) with Parkinson Disease will have speech problems that begin early in the disease process and will progressively diminish their quality of life.
Common problems experienced with Parkinson’s include:
While medicine and surgery have been shown to improve other symptoms of Parkinson Disease, they typically do not help speech problems. More than 25 years of research funded by the National Institute of Health has documented that LSVT LOUD speech therapy provides lasting effective results.
LSVT LOUD, named for Mrs. Lee Silverman (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. Treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to maximize speech intelligibility.
LSVT LOUD research has demonstrated improvements in speech intelligibility, facial expressions and swallowing function. While LSVT LOUD has been successfully administered to individuals in all stages of PD, the treatment has been most effective among those who are in early or middle stages of the condition.
LSVT LOUD is delivered by a certified speech pathologist and includes treatments four days per week for one month (total of 16 sessions), each treatment lasting one hour.
For more information about LSVT LOUD or to schedule an evaluation, contact the Rehabilitation Deparmtent at Fremont Health at 402-727-3329.
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