NOW - an effective speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease.
LSVT LOUD® is an effective speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions. LOUD was developed in 1987 and has been scientifically studied for nearly 20 years with funding support from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health. Published research data support improvements in vocal loudness, intonation and voice quality for individuals with Parkinson disease who received LOUD, with improvements maintained up to two years after treatment. Recent research studies have also documented the effectiveness of this therapy in improving the common problems of disordered articulation, diminished facial expression and impaired swallowing. Additionally, two brain imaging studies have documented evidence of positive changes in the brain following administration of the therapy.
LOUD improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box and speech mechanism through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. Focused on a single goal “speak LOUD!” – the treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to maximize speech intelligibility. The treatment does not train people for shouting or yelling; rather, LOUD uses loudness training to bring the voice to an improved, healthy vocal loudness with no strain.
For more information or to schedule an appointment call Looper Speech and Hearing Center at 706.226.4623