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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