The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment is a type of speech therapy developed specifically for people with Parkinson’s. The programme helps people to recognise that their voice is too quiet and trains them to speak more loudly.
Here, Geoff, who is 73 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016, and his wife Pat, share their experience of the therapy and their delight with the results. (External link to www.parkinsons.org.uk).
What is it?
LSVT LOUD is a highly effective, evidence-based speech therapy that improves communication and quality of life for Parkinson’s, Pediatrics, and other populations.
This dosage is consistent with principles of neuroplasticity and proven by years of research.
How does it work?
LSVT LOUD is a standardised treatment protocol that is customised to the unique communication goals of each client.
Focused on a single goal “speak LOUD!” – the treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to maximise speech intelligibility. The treatment does not train people to shout or yell but uses loudness training to bring the voice to an improved, healthy vocal loudness with no strain.
Treatment always consists of:
1. 16 sessions, 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks
2. 60-minute one-on-one therapy sessions
3. Daily homework and carryover exercises
4. Personalised communication activities and goals
How much does it cost?
We offer you a free initial discussion over the phone to discuss your needs.
LSVT LOUD Package: £1650
Initial Assessment £165
LSVT 16 session package = £1360, for 16 x 60 minute therapy sessions plus preparation and planning.
Review session £125
Travel costs are charged at 50p per mile.
Attendance at Case Conferences, Multi-Disciplinary Meetings and other related discussions will be charged £85 per hour.
Additional requests, for reports, letters and/or phone calls will be charged per item.
Does it work?
Scientifically validated over the last 30 years with research, LSVT LOUD is the only speech treatment with level one evidence for people with Parkinson's.
Published outcomes on LSVT LOUD have documented:
Increased vocal loudness
Improved articulation and speech intelligibility
Improvements in facial expression
Changes in neural functioning related to voice and speech
Who delivers it?
It is essential that LSVT LOUD treatment is only delivered by speech-language pathologists who are certified in this method.
You can locate LSVT Certified Clinicians at www.lsvtglobal.com using the “Find LSVT Clinicians” button at the top of the page.
Here at The Singer's Clinic, Carrie Garrett (BSc, MRCSLT, MASLTIP, HCPC) will be your therapist.
Once you have completed the course with Carrie, you will be eligible to join 'LOUD for LIFE'. Click HERE to find out more.
Where do sessions happen?
We offer LSVT in the comfort of your own home, at the Singer's Clinic Therapy Studio in Kidderminster, or remotely via online sessions.
Often, clients choose to have a mixture of sessions depending on their personal plans for the month they commit to the therapy (e.g. accessibility to transport, planning sessions around other commitments, etc.)
What Our Clients Say
Mrs H, Stourbridge
I enjoyed the sessions immensely and found Carrie to be thoroughly engaging and professional. She encouraged me to learn to think LOUD. As a result, my speech has improved, and she has given me a tool, which when I remember to use it, definitely makes a difference in my communication at work. I have grown in confidence and colleagues have noticed a difference. On one occasion a friend mentioned she thought I sounded like I did before I had Parkinson’s. My family also appreciates the fact that now I can be understood more easily. I am very grateful for this intervention and the difference it has made in my life and I would strongly urge other Parkinson’s sufferers to consider LSVT LOUD.