Posts Tagged Parkinson’s

Bladder, Bowel and Sexual Dysfunction in Parkinson’s: What do LSVT BIG® Clinicians Need to Know?

You are most likely familiar with the research on LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG® which has shown both short term and long-term improvements in functional communication, mobility, balance and activities of daily living to name a few. Although the motor symptoms of Parkinson disease (PD) are targeted through the LSVT programs, as LSVT BIG clinicians, we know that we are simultaneously addressing the non-motor symptoms (NMS) as well, which can be barriers to calibration. These NMS include cognitive changes, sensory deficits, anxiety, depression, apathy, fatigue, pain, and sleep. Additionally, the non-motor symptoms of bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction can commonly occur, but may be less frequently discussed when the person is coming to see us for LSVT BIG.

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Keys to successful speech treatment in people with Parkinson’s disease

Current Perspectives on the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) for Individuals With Idiopathic Parkinson Disease Cynthia M. Fox, Chris E. Morrison, Lorraine Olson Ramig, Shimon Sapir American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2002, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) DOI: 10.1044/1058-0360(2002/012) What is it about? Speech treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) was previously unsuccessful. An approach, called LSVT LOUD, was developed in the late 1980s. At that time, LSVT LOUD was substantially different from traditional speech treatment in several ways. This article reviewed the novel concepts of this approach. These included a single focus on vocal loudness, intensive delivery, sensory retraining, and a simple and redundant treatment cue, "speak loud". Why is it important? This article summarized, for the first time, novel and key concepts for why and how speech treatment could work and last for people with PD. At the time LSVT LOUD was developed, the outlook for improving speech in people with PD was very grim. One quote stated, “…voice treatment for disorders that are degenerative is controversial since there is no expectation for recovery of function or that any improvement secondary to speech language pathology intervention will be maintained in the long term” (Hillman et al., 1990;Continue Reading

Technology-supported delivery of effective speech treatment for Parkinson disease

Read our research Kudos! This study provided the first evidence that individuals with PD who used the LSVTCompanion had treatment gains comparable to individuals who received the standard in-person LSVT LOUD.

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Dr. Lorraine Ramig receives the WPC Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson Community

Join us in congratulating Dr. Lorraine Ramig who has been selected to be one of the recipients of the WPC Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson Community.  This award will be presented at the World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan on June 5th, 2019.

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Improving Communication in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Children with cerebral palsy can have difficulties talking with their family and friends. We studied the effects of a novel intensive speech treatment in five children with cerebral palsy. Our results demonstrated a number of findings post-treatment. First, it showed that the children could tolerate the intensive treatment. Second, listeners rated speech samples of the children as louder, clearer and easier to understand. For most kids, these improvements were maintained six weeks after treatment. Parents also reported some improvements in speech outside of the treatment room.

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Improving speech in individuals with Parkinson’s disease

Read our research Kudos! In this first post, learn more about the scientific bases of LSVT LOUD! The evidence provided by this 1995 study formed the foundation for the next 20 years of our research in speech treatment for Parkinson disease. We will be posting research Kudos weekly for Better Hearing and Speech Month.

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Speech Treatment in Parkinson’s Disease: Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)

This randomized controlled trial contributes to closing the gap on effective speech treatments for Parkinson’s. It provides additional support for voice (LSVT LOUD) as an efficacious target when delivered intensively in the treatment of speech in PD with outcomes sustained for both objective (SPL) and participant-reported (CETI-M) measures.

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Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Fox on being appointed as Chief Executive Officer of LSVT Global, Inc.

The Board of Directors of LSVT Global, Inc. is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Cynthia Fox as Chief Executive Officer.  This new appointment grants Dr. Fox greatly expanded governance roles and responsibilities.  She will also continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. As one of the Founders of LSVT Global, Dr. Fox has the experience and vision to lead the company as it broadens the reach of its current range of therapies and products and invests in new initiatives to grow the company.  LSVT Global develops innovative treatments that improve the speech and movement of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. We train speech, physical and occupational therapists around the world in these treatments so that they can positively impact the lives of their patients.  Continue Reading

25% Off LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG Homework Helper Exercise Videos and More!

Holiday Sale – 25% Off!! Keep your voice and movements “Alive” with LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG Homework Helper Videos!

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LSVT Certification: Online or In-Person? Six Advantages of Doing Your Training Online.

If you are reading this post, you may be considering online LSVT LOUD or LSVT BIG Training and Certification.  Maybe you’ve taken live training courses in the past and are apprehensive to begin online training?

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