Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)

LSVT or the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment is a behavioral speech treatment used as a form of therapy for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. There is a specific form of this treatment known as LSVT Loud which is used commonly to train such individuals. This program trains people to alter their voices in areas such as sound volume and pitch, as well as many other variables. The way that it works is by reshaping motor learning and neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity describes the brain’s ability to learn again, as seen through adjusting sensory feedback. This can be so that individuals with Parkinson’s Disease can realize view the volume of their voices being at an appropriate range, as compared to those that are “normal”. The program’s purpose is to get the patient’s voice volume up to a healthy, normal level so that he or she can communicate with other people. It focuses to improve vocal loudness, intonation, and articulation. Such treatments are being performed both in-person and online.

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