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LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Jenny Tuccitto, PT, GCS

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Jenny Tuccitto, PT, GCS. Jenny serves as LSVT BIG Faculty and our LSVT BIG Clinical Expert . Thank you Jenny for your brilliance and passion for the work you do to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease and the clinicians who help them through LSVT BIG!

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My OT Story: How LSVT BIG Radically Shifted My Practice

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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The Impact of LSVT BIG® Certification on Graduate Students and Entry-Level Clinicians (SUNY Downstate Alumni)

The Impact of LSVT BIG® Certification on Graduate Students and Entry-Level Clinicians (SUNY Downstate Alumni) By Katelin Faria, OTS; Evelin Hernandez, OTS: Lila Nadelmann, OTS; Shelbie Ramalanjaona, OTS Advisor: Dr. Nancy Kline,  PhD, OTR/L, BCG, LSVT BIG Certified SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Some background information: We are occupational therapy students at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. During our master’s program, we conducted research on the impact obtaining LSVT BIG certification had on SUNY Downstate Alumni. Though the impact of LSVT BIG on patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) has been well documented, little to no research exists demonstrating the impact LSVT BIG certification has on students and rehabilitation professionals who hold the certification. Students who complete the certification at SUNY Downstate typically do so during their last semester of their entry-level master’s program. The course is facilitated by an occupational therapist and certified LSVT BIG clinician, Dr. Nancy Kline during the last spring semester of SUNY Downstate’s Occupational Therapy Master’s Degree Program. It is offered as a two-day, sixteen-hour hybrid course — partly online and partly in person — and costs $300 to register. For a practicing professional, the extra expense and time commitment may not be of much concern,

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LSVT Global Announces New Volunteer Program for People with Parkinson’s

Senior woman exercising at home

Gain a rewarding experience that also provides an opportunity to practice LSVT LOUD® or LSVT BIG® exercises with expert feedback from LSVT faculty! People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are invited to volunteer during our Virtual Live LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG Training and Certification Courses.  These virtual courses provide live instruction using Zoom to train speech, physical and occupational therapists from around the world in the LSVT methods. During the second day of each course, our volunteers with PD spend about one hour interacting with the course participants to give them an opportunity to practice their newly learned skills.  For the volunteers, it is a wonderful opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, get a “workout,” and receive a small compensation for their time.  Margie, a volunteer from Colorado, comments,  To reference Aristotle, ‘The essence of life is to serve others and do good.’ I feel that I am accomplishing that goal through participating in the clinicians’ certification process with LSVT BIG and LOUD. But it is really not in my giving, because this is a win-win situation. I feel that I receive so much more than what I have given. Yes, I do give up a weekend afternoon, but

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Get the LSVT Companion – a speech therapy data collection option. Now available for all ages!

The LSVT Companion is a one of a kind device for LSVT LOUD treatment. It consists of a software program paired with an external calibrated microphone that offers valid and reliable acoustic measurement of sound pressure level (SPL), frequency and duration. The data collection is specifically tailored to the LSVT LOUD protocol and offers automated data averaging for fast and efficient summary treatment results.

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Join us for LSVT Global’s FREE Virtual SLP Mini-Conference!

Although the ASHA Annual Conference and Expo is canceled this year, we still want to share our clinical and research updates, discounts, and prizes with you through our own FREE Virtual SLP Mini-Conference and Expo! Read on to learn more about the educational events, prizes and discounts.  

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2020 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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How LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG therapists work together to provide interprofessional care for people with Parkinson’s disease

Do your speech, physical, and occupational therapy rehab teams have loosely coordinated goals for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), but no real synergy? Are treatments given in isolation with little to no therapeutic collaboration? Our multidisciplinary team recently addressed these questions (and more) during a live chat hosted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Review the conversation and learn more!

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Quantitative Clinical Assessment of Motor Function During and Following LSVT BIG® Therapy

Combined with improvements to acoustic measures and communicative efficiency reported in previous studies, our findings suggest that SLPs’ patients with PD will experience improvements in speech communication and quality of life if treatment targeting voice is included in their patients’ care plan.

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MDS Virtual Conference – LSVT Global’s Posters

LSVT Global shares innovative new research at the MDS Virtual Congress, 2020. Check out our six poster presentations and learn more about the ever-evolving research behind LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG!

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