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LSVT For Parkinson’s
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LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) speech therapy is a rehabilitation program that is specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s disease. It is an intensive, individualized treatment program that focuses on improving the volume, clarity, and overall quality of a person’s speech. LSVT therapy has been shown to be effective in improving speech and communication skills in people with Parkinson’s disease, and it can help improve quality of life for people with the condition.
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LSVT is a specific type of speech therapy that is designed to help individuals with Parkinson's disease improve their speech and voice. The therapy is based on the principles of motor learning and focuses on increasing the amplitude (loudness) and variability of the individual's speech.
LSVT speech therapy typically involves a series of 16 one-hour sessions over a four-week period. During these sessions, the individual works with a certified LSVT therapist to complete a series of exercises designed to improve their speech and voice. These exercises may include activities such as speaking in a loud and exaggerated manner, practicing different vowel and consonant sounds, and repeating specific phrases or sentences. The therapy also includes homework assignments that the individual is expected to complete on their own.
LSVT speech therapy has been found to be effective in improving speech and voice in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Research studies have shown that individuals who complete LSVT therapy have an increase in speech loudness, improved intelligibility (clarity) of speech, and better communication with others. The therapy may also lead to improvements in self-esteem and quality of life.
LSVT speech therapy is typically recommended for individuals with Parkinson's disease who are experiencing difficulty with speech or voice. The therapy is typically not recommended for individuals with other neurological conditions or those who have severe cognitive impairment. It is important to consult with a speech-language pathologist to determine if LSVT therapy is appropriate for an individual's specific needs.
LSVT speech therapy is generally considered to be a safe and effective form of treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease. However, as with any therapy, there can be potential side effects. Some individuals may experience temporary discomfort or fatigue in their jaw, face, or neck while completing the therapy exercises. In rare cases, individuals may experience an increase in muscle stiffness or rigidity after completing LSVT therapy. It is important to discuss any concerns or side effects with the therapist or doctor overseeing the therapy.
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