PRMC can help Parkinson’s patients speak better

PRMC can help Parkinson’s patients speak better

For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological conditions, it can take a long time to communicate with others in day-to-day living.  PD patients typically speak softly and have difficulty getting speech started. This can make it hard to keep up with conversations, leading to decreased socialization and feelings of frustration and isolation.

Pratt Regional Medical Center’s Speech Language Pathologist, Deb May is now certified in a new treatment improving the quality of life for PD patients through the LSVT LOUD® therapy. This innovative method, part of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatments, have been proven effective by decades of clinical research and are used worldwide.

LSVT LOUD is a speech treatment to improve voice and speech function. It is effective with for PD, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy.  LSVT programs are intensive and stress the repetition of proven techniques. Treatment is delivered in one-hour sessions, four times per week over four weeks. The goal is to lay down new pathways in the brain until the movements or vocalizations become automatic.

In LSVT LOUD, the goal is to improve vocal loudness—literally, to “speak LOUD”—so patients speak with greater clarity.  Deb May will lead patients in repetitive, high-effort exercises that stimulate the muscles of the voice box (larynx). There’s no shouting, but rather bringing the voice to a healthy vocal volume with no strain. Patients learn to monitor and control the volume of the voice to make their speech understood.

Contact Deb May, Speech-Language Pathlogy, for more information.