What is LSVT LOUD?
LSVT Loud is a treatment plan that was originally created for adults with Parkinson’s Disease. It has also been known to help improve speech and communication in children with down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
What Are The Benefits of LSVT Loud?
Over the last three decades, LSVT Loud has received research funding from organizations such as the National Institute of Health. It is the only speech treatment with level-one evidence for those with Parkinson’s. People treated with LSVT Loud have noted the following changes:
- Increased vocal volume
- Improved speech articulation
- Improved tone
- Improvements in facial expressions
- Changes in neural functioning related to voice and speech
LSVT Loud is customizable and unique to the goals of each patient. It can result in improvements across a range of conditions and impairments.
What Does Treatment Consist Of?
LSVT LOUD treatment always consists of:
- 16 sessions, 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks
- 60-minute one-on-one therapy sessions
- Daily homework and carryover exercises
- Personalized communication activities and goals
LSVT LOUD may be done in person or through our virtual care program.
What Else Should I Know About Treatment?
This treatment plan is proven by years of research. It is essential that LSVT LOUD is only delivered by a speech-language pathologist who is certified in this method. At Gillette, we schedule two additional sessions to make sure the intervention is tailored to your child’s needs and interests.
Prescription for LSVT LOUD therapy should include “SLP evaluation and treatment” if your child is not already seeing speech therapy at Gillette. LSVT LOUD is not required on the prescription but it is recommended.
It is also recommended that children have a laryngeal exam performed by a provider, usually an ENT, before initiating any kind of voice treatment.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.