​If you or someone you care about has Parkinson’s disease, it’s important to know that Emerson Hospital offers 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. 

Virtual Education Sessions

Join our Parkinson's care team and community partners for monthly education sessions. These online presentations offer informational and interactive sessions that will provide education, resources, and help to improve quality of life when living with Parkinson's disease. All sessions are free to attend and are held online via Zoom.

June 18

  • Session 1 — Safety in the Home with Nicole Johnson, PT, DPT. This presentation will focus on how to set up your home safely. We will discuss modifications and equipment that can be brought into the home to help people stay independent.
  • Session 2 — Sleep and Parkinson’s Disease with Gary Stanton, MD. Dr. Stanton will discuss sleep challenges that occur in some patients with Parkinson’s disease, such as insomnia, non-restorative sleep, sleep movement disorders and sleep apnea. 

Please request your preferred session or sessions using the form below. Both sessions run concurrently from 1-2 p.m. on the specified day.

Parkinson's Movement Class

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This class uses various dance techniques and styles to address balance, flexibility, movement range and rhythm in a safe and enjoyable environment.