Posts Tagged Dysarthria

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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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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The effects of intensive speech treatment on intelligibility in Parkinson’s disease: A randomised controlled trial

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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Effects of an intensive voice treatment on articulatory function and speech intelligibility in children with motor speech disorders: A phase one study

Our results indicate that by focusing on a single target (healthy vocal loudness), clinicians may also observe positive therapeutic changes to articulatory function and intelligibility.

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“I’m getting better all the time!”

When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago, my family had noticed a tremor in my right hand and changes in the way that I walked.  I did not, however, notice any changes in my voice. What I did notice more and more, is how often my husband asked me to repeat myself!  I was convinced he was going deaf. 

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“I have grown in confidence”

My name is Kevin, and I have been the headmaster of a large co-ed primary school in Zimbabwe for the past thirty years, ten of which I have had Parkinson’s. In February of 2017, I had Deep Brain Stimulation, and one of the side effects of this was that my speech became slurred and soft. My daughter, who is a speech and language pathologist, recommended that I have LSVT LOUD.

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New York, New York – LSVT LOUD Educational Seminar

“People noticed that I am more animated in my speech and my husband can hear me now!”  

Interested in Learning how LSVT LOUD can help you improve your loudness, voice quality and speech clarity?

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Do You Have a Swallowing Problem? How a Professional Can Help.

Swallowing problems with PD can be serious.
Swallowing difficulties limit what you eat and drink, can keep you from going out to dinner, and diminish the joy of socialization that often surrounds mealtime. You might cough, choke, and if left untreated, get lung infections.  Read on to learn more about how swallowing problems are defined and what can be done to identify and treat swallowing difficulties.

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LSVT LOUD®… for KIDS!

LSVT LOUD is an intensive, neuroplasticity-based treatment that addresses a range of communication impairments and is personalized to the unique communication goals of each child.

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