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LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Dr. Masako Kurachi

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Dr. Masako Kurachi. Dr. Kurachi is our LSVT Global Representative-Japan. She was the first LSVT LOUD Certified Clinician in Japan and she coordinates our LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG Training and Certification courses there. She is a gracious and kind host (and person) with impeccable attention to detail. We are beyond blessed to have Masako as part of our international LSVT Global collaborative team and we thank her immensely for her pioneering spirit!

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2021 LSVT Global Student Grant Awardees

It is a great honor for LSVT Global to seed future researchers in the fields of speech, physical and occupational therapy. It is our hope that these opportunities will ignite a passion and life-long pursuit of treatment research in these young scholars. Congratulations to all the winners!

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LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Pete Vasquez

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Pete Vasquez. Pete manages all things logistics and shipping and lends a hand wherever needed beyond those tasks. Thank you, Pete for your enduring commitment to LSVT Global and for making the BEST coffee in the office!

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Making Intensive Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD®) Accessible for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Mixed Dysarthria Using a Novel, Pre-Treatment Protocol

One key takeaway is that pre-treatment protocols can be designed and implemented to give children who are otherwise deemed unable to participate in LSVT LOUD a chance to train and prepare for the gold-standard protocol which may open the door to functional communication and the chance to have some control of their speech.

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Siri, why can’t you understand me?

LSVT Global has partnered with Google on an exciting project called Project Euphonia to help improve automatic speech recognition software for people with speech impairments. These speech impairments may make using devices like Siri, Alexa, or speech-to-text frustrating. To do this, we need samples of disordered speech to train the system. LSVT Global is recruiting people with speech disorders to help!

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LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Frauke Schroeteler, Physiotherapeutin

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Frauke Schroeteler, Physiotherapeutin. Frauke has been a very important part of the LSVT BIG German Faculty since 2011. Not only is she an exceptional physiotherapist, but she has the heart of a teacher and the mind of a leader. Thank you, Frauke for all you do to improve the lives of therapists and people living with Parkinson’s.

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“LSVT LOUD therapy has literally given me my life back.”

My client felt so elated with her outcomes that she wanted to spread the word! Her neurological voice disorder has not been cured, but positive, functional changes resulted from the intensive LSVT LOUD program. Our hope is that future research will support the application of LSVT to the ABSD population as a functional treatment approach.

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My PT Story: New Zealand’s First LSVT BIG Certified Therapist

Occupational therapists (OTs) new to treating people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may find it challenging to know how to intervene with the best techniques for optimal functional results. This is my story as an OT whose practice was radically shifted as a result of LSVT BIG®.

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LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Heather Hodges, MA, CCC-SLP

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Heather Hodges, MA, CCC-SLP. She wears many hats on our LSVT Global team including LSVT LOUD Faculty, Expert Clinician, Research, and More. Thank you, Heather, for being a shining example of excellence, kindness and caring as a clinician and colleague!

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New Research! Improving communication in background noise for people with Parkinson’s.

Results showed that speech intelligibility of words in the presence of both noise conditions improved in participants with Parkinson’s who had LSVT LOUD compared to the groups that had LSVT ARTIC or no treatment. The ability to be understood can improve the quality of life for people with PD and this is really what the goal of any therapy should be, so it is exciting to be able to report these results.

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