Specialized Services

Our Specialized Services

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD ®)

LSVT LOUD® is an effective speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) and other neurological conditions.  LSVT LOUD, named for Mrs. Lee Silverman (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – LSVT) was developed in 1987 and has been scientifically studied for nearly 20 years with funding support from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health. Published research data support improvements in vocal loudness, intonation, and voice quality for individuals with PD who received LSVT LOUD, with improvements maintained up to two years after treatment. Recent research studies have also documented the effectiveness of this therapy in improving the common problems of disordered articulation, diminished facial expression and impaired swallowing. Additionally, two brain imaging studies have documented evidence of positive changes in the brain following administration of the therapy.

Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS)

A non-invasive, electrical stimulation therapy for individuals who have difficulty swallowing. 

VitalStim® Therapy

VitalStim Therapy is designed to help swallowing through the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES). Electrical stimulation is used to aid muscle strengthening to rehabilitate the swallow. The sensory stimulation that is provided also helps muscle recruitment and swallowing function.

To learn more about these specialized treatment options follow the links to the right of the page.
 


References:
http://www.lsvtglobal.com/patient-resources/what-is-lsvt-loud | http://www.djoglobal.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/vitalstim/VitalStim-overview-brochure.pdf

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Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology
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