Not enough hours in the day for documentation? Get the LSVT Companion – a speech therapy data collection option.

LSVT Companion, Clinician Edition: Aim, Measure, Click – Data Done!

Documentation of treatment outcomes is essential to all aspects of our job as speech-language pathologists. Documentation provides, among other things:

  • Knowledge of results for patients and clinicians
  • Objective and subjective measures of change
  • Evidence for achieving goals

One of the hallmarks of LSVT LOUD documentation is the objective measurement of acoustic data. Sound pressure level (loudness), frequency (pitch) and duration are all performance indicators we track over time. Challenges, however, exist to efficiently quantifying these objective measures within the confines of busy clinical practice. The LSVT Companion, Clinician Edition was designed to tackle this challenge and ease the objective data task for LSVT LOUD clinicians.

“I feel like the LSVT Companion does all the work so I can spend my time paying attention to my clients and their voice needs.”

What is it?

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 of treatment results.

Say goodbye to lost data, illegible numbers scribbled on paper, and excessive time spent post-session consolidating and averaging data.

FDA Cleared Medical Device.

The FDA has cleared the LSVT Companion for Safety, Effectiveness, and Functionality as a medical device.

A recent software validation study for the FDA revealed the LSVT Companion produces valid and reliable results. The average difference between the LSVT Companion and a Type 1 sound level meter (highest quality available) for decibels of sound pressure level was 1.0 dB SPL. The average difference between the LSVT Companion and a calibrated frequency meter was less than 2 Hertz. These findings are consistent with our published research using an earlier version of the LSVT Companion, and we have maintained these high calibration standards to date.

Why is this important? Calibrated, sound pressure level is tricky to measure accurately and normally requires very expensive, dedicated instruments. Using unclassed sound level meters or loudness apps may provide inaccurate and inconsistent results. This makes evaluating your patients and measuring clinical progress over time very difficult. Given that the FDA requires accurate functioning of a medical device, you can take advantage of the LSVT Companion’s valid and reliable measures in your clinic.

“I love the LSVT Companion. There is no way I’d willingly go back to collecting LSVT LOUD data manually. It is a huge time saver and improves my productivity!”

What computers does the LSVT Companion work with?

The system is PC based only at this time and is not compatible with iPads, tablets, or smart phones. Due to the technical requirements of an externally calibrated USB microphone, this is the current operating configuration. It can work successfully on minimum PC requirements of

  • Windows Based platforms
  • Microsoft® Compatible 1GHz Pentium Class Computer with 512 Mb RAM
  • Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 10 operating systems
  • Microsoft Excel

How much does it cost?

The LSVT Companion, Clinician Edition is a $485 investment and eliminates the need for a sound level meter, instrumentation to collect frequency and duration, and tallying data by hand.

Pricing Options:
  • $485 initial purchase
  • 10% off when bundled with a live or online course purchase
  • $99 for additional user licenses
  • $99 for additional microphones

Volume discounts are offered, contact us for details.

How does it compare with standard clinical equipment?

The LSVT Companion was designed to be purposefully simplistic. It was developed to focus on key features of LSVT LOUD treatment without functions that are not clinically useful. No other program auto calculates data specifically for LSVT LOUD treatment and presents these data in summary Excel spreadsheets.

“I have been able to see more LSVT LOUD patients in a day because of the huge cut back in time needed to compile objective data.”

What support is available?

Our goal is that you use the LSVT Companion to its fullest potential. Towards that end, we offer:

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Not only is it a time saving, data collecting tool, but it also is a treatment aide. The LSVT Companion has both a Clinician and Client Edition. These collectively:

  • Provide visual feedback that can help motivate patient performance.
  • Offer interactive visual and auditory feedback for home practice (LSVT Companion Client Edition)
  • Increase accessibility through the possibility of independent treatment sessions
  • Can be used with all voice clients when SPL, frequency, or duration data are of interest and/or visual feedback is valuable

To learn more and view videos, click HERE. Open your mind to digital data collection! Free yourself from the labor of paper/pencil data collection.

“Cannot imagine collecting data without it.”