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The Acoustic Voice Quality Index (AVQI) in People with Parkinson’s Disease Before and After Intensive Voice and Articulation Therapies: Secondary Outcome of a Randomized Controlled Trial

This study presents the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) examining the effects of two speech treatment approaches, LSVT LOUD and LSVT ARTIC, on voice quality in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Both treatments were identical in how intensive they were, but LSVT LOUD targeted healthy loudness, whereas LSVT ARTIC focused on articulation. Additionally, an untreated group of individuals with PD also participated in the study, and a group of 20 individuals without PD were included to examine differences in voice quality at pre-treatment.

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LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Gary Boyle

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Gary Boyle who is one of our LSVT LOUD Volunteer Ambassadors. Gary is an inspiration to all of those around him with his compassion, positivity and eloquent words to share with faculty, fellow volunteers and LSVT clinicians in training. We are so fortunate to have you, Gary, as a part of our team. Thank you for the inspiration you give to us all!

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Immediate and long-term effects of speech treatment targets and intensive dosage on Parkinson’s disease dysphonia and the speech motor network: Randomized controlled trial

This study looked at speech and brain changes in individuals with Parkinson’s disease following two speech treatment approaches, matched for intensity of dosage (16, 1-hour individual sessions in one month) but differing on treatment target, loudness (LSVT LOUD) or articulation (LSVT ARTIC). A group of untreated individuals with Parkinson’s disease were also studied as a comparison group. All participants were evaluated at baseline, post-treatment (one month after baseline), and seven months after baseline to help identify both short-term and long-term changes.  

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Parkinson Awareness Month: We got involved, so can you!

Explore some of the ways that LSVT Global is supporting Parkinson’s awareness and partnering with organizations around the world. Join us as we get BIG and LOUD with events like these and with others this month and throughout the year!

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Get certified with the newly updated Online LSVT BIG® Course!

Are you a physical or occupational therapist or student looking for an evidence based & highly effective treatment for your patients with Parkinson’s, pediatric diagnoses, and other populations? We have the course for you!

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Intensive Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) for Children With Down Syndrome: Phase I Outcomes

Based on this initial study, we have enough proof to continue to establish higher levels of treatment evidence that LSVT LOUD has a positive therapeutic effect on voice and speech in children with DS. We hope to conduct a larger treatment study and include a wider age-range of children and youth with DS.

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LSVT Global Team Member Spotlight! Bernadette Kosir, OTR/L, CAPS

Learn more about our LSVT Global Team member Bernadette Kosir, OTR/L, CAPS. She was one of the first occupational therapists trained in LSVT BIG. Bernie is an endless source of knowledge about home health operations, interdisciplinary teamwork, care of people with advanced Parkinson’s and/or cognitive changes and aging in place. Thank you, Bernie, for all you do for LSVT Global!

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Sit 2 Stand Challenge – April 11th, 2022!

LSVT Global is teaming up with Neuro Heroes (UK), Rock Steady Boxing (USA), UTurn Parkinson’s (Canada), PD Avengers and others around the world on Monday, April 11th in honor of World Parkinson Day to support the Sit 2 Stand Challenge! Sign up now.

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Announcing our 2022 Student Treatment Research Grants!

Up to six $1500 LSVT Global Student Grants (LSVT-SG) for Behavioral Treatment Studies with Adult and/or Pediatric Neurological Disorders will be awarded. Apply soon, deadline approaching!

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Preparing for Hospitalizations when you have Parkinson’s

In the webinar “Aware in Care Information Session: Helping individuals with Parkinson’s disease stay safe while in the hospital”, hear from Aware in Care Ambassadors and LSVT® Certified therapists Maria Allen, PT and Michelle Haub, SLP about this wonderful resource available to people living with Parkinson Disease (PD).

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