Carol Krakower, M.A. CCC-SLP

Brook 35 Park

2130 Highway 35, Suite 311

Sea Girt, NJ 08750

Serving Monmouth County and Ocean County

 

732.800.3001

 

LSVT for Parkinson’s Disease

 
Parkinson’s disease (PD) often results in a disordered motor system, which can then affect the respiratory system, larynx, and articulation. The symptoms of this include reduced breath support, vocal loudness and clarity of speech. The cumulative effect of these symptoms is the monotone, hoarse or breathy voice that people with PD often exhibit. 
 
Another cause of reduced vocal loudness among those with Parkinson’s is diminished sensory processing related to speech, meaning that people with PD may not be aware that their speech is getting softer and more difficult to understand. They often perceive that they are shouting while others hear them as speaking at a normal volume.
 
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) incorporates a system of exercises that engages and trains the muscles of the voice box (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.
 
Speech-Language Pathologists