LSVT For Parkinson's Disease

Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, my husband’s voice has lost all expression.  It’s so difficult to hear what he is saying. It sounds like he’s depressed. Could it be something else?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) often affects the respiratory system, larynx, and articulation. The symptoms of this include reduced breath, reduced loudness and a voice without expression. 

 People with Parkinson’s may not be aware that their speech is getting softer and more difficult to understand. The Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) incorporates a system of exercises that engages and trains the muscles of the larynx.  The program utilizes sensory awareness training to help people with Parkinson’s recognize which levels of their perceived vocal exertion correspond to normal conversational limits and to regulate speech accordingly. The expert speech pathologists at Cornerstone Speech are specially trained in the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy program and can help you achieve stronger speech with Parkinson’s.

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