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LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Angela Halpern, MS, CCC-SLP

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Angela Halpern, MS, CCC-SLP. Angela is our Chief Clinical Officer for LSVT LOUD, and SO MUCH MORE! She passionately believes in our mission to improve the lives of people living with neurological conditions and to inspire therapists to new levels of clinical excellence. Angela is generous, caring, thoughtful and tenacious – the best kind of team member to have. We can’t thank you enough, Angela, for all that you are and all that you do for LSVT Global. We would not be who we are, or accomplish with we do, without you!

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Kicking off the New Year BIG and LOUD with LSVT!

As we all recover from the holiday celebrations of 2021, we need to look to the start of the next year with some renewed focus. We can all be guilty of eating too much, enjoying too many beverages and losing track of our focus on exercise during the busy holiday season. So how do we get back on track in the new year? How do we set forward on a sustainable plan? Don’t guilt yourself for falling off track, instead work on setting goals for today, the next day and the weeks to come. Make your goals attainable & set aside time to allow yourself to succeed. Remind yourself that exercise will make you feel better, move better, talk better and improve your overall sense of well-being. Sometimes this “self-talk” is just what we need to get off the couch and get going. For those of you that have been through LSVT BIG® and/or LSVT LOUD® treatment, the ongoing recommendation for exercise after discharge is that you complete your exercises 1 time per day, forever! Well, forever is a long time, so start with setting a goal for getting them done today, then do the same tomorrow and then striveContinue Reading

LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Leon Puzon

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Leon Puzon. Leon is one of our LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD Volunteer Ambassadors. He thrives on inspiring and motivating clinicians to help their clients with Parkinson’s achieve the best voice, speech, gain, movement and daily function possible. Leon is always engaging, upbeat and willing to help others. Thank you, Leon, for the inspiration you give us all!

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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

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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