LSVT BIG and LOUD
Helping Parkinson's patients feel bigger and get louder
Parkinson's disease can leave you looking small and sounding quiet due to these common issues:
- Soft voice
- Hoarse voice
- Mumbled speech
- Slower movement
- Loss of balance
You or a loved one can feel bigger and get louder with help from therapists at Bryan Rehabilitation Services. At Bryan West Campus, we have LSVT Certified Clinicians to help you or a loved one improve communication and movement.
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) has proven outcomes backed by 25 years of research. LSVT consists of two different programs - LOUD and BIG. LSVT LOUD teaches patients how to use their voice at a normal volume. Following the same principles, LSVT BIG helps patients improve their body movements.
A speech language pathologist will deliver this one-on-one treatment in one month:
- One-hour sessions
- Four sessions per week
- Four consecutive weeks
- Daily 10-15 minute exercises on your own
The goal is to generate a stronger voice for daily communication. This does not mean that it teaches the patient to shout. Instead, the treatment retrains the perception in the brain to develop a voice that can you can use without strain at an appropriate volume. Through daily practice, this will become a life-long habit, even after the sessions are complete.
The occupational therapist will deliver this one-on-one treatment in one month:
The goal train Parkinson's disease patients to use their body more normally. It has been shown to improve daily living activities, such as walking, getting dressed or getting up from a chair. These improvements will come through daily practice, even after the sessions are complete.