If you or someone you care about has Parkinson’s disease, it’s important to know that Emerson Hospital offers a specialized programs to help improve everyday movement and speech issues.
The programs are the LSVT BIG(R) and LOUD(R) Parkinson’s Program.
- LSVT LOUD is a treatment for speech disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease. It focuses on increasing vocal loudness with no strain, enabling people to communicate more effectively. The sessions emphasize "thinking loud in order to speak loud," and participants use exaggerated motions and behaviors.
- LSVT BIG is a physical therapy approach that uses the same “amplification” principles for addressing the movement disorder aspects of Parkinson’s disease, helping to enhance patients’ ability to move. Therapists teach participants to use quick and explosive movements to overcome the bradykinesia (slow movements) associated with Parkinson’s disease.
LSVT stands for “Lee Silverman Voice Treatment,” and it was developed in the 1980s with funding from the family of a Parkinson’s patient (Lee Silverman) to improve her ability to communicate. It proved so effective in treating people with Parkinson’s disease and other similar movement disorders that today it is a key offering at hundreds of hospitals around the nation.
The LSVT BIG and LOUD program is administered by specially trained, LSVT-certified speech language pathologists and physical therapists in 16 one-hour sessions over four weeks. Based on an initial evaluation, this schedule may be modified to accommodate your individual health needs.