LSVT LOUD & BIG
LSVT Loud & Big is a unique approach to speech therapy designed specifically for people with Parkinson's disease or a neurological condition. Its success has lasted for up to at least two years after the therapy treatment.
“Mama” I heard a little girl whisper as I slipped into the pew “There's the story lady!” It
was one of my proudest moments…to be known as the “Story Lady”! I had spent a lot
of time working on my ability to tell stories and she paid me the highest compliment!
One thing I miss as my condition deteriorates is the ability to speak clearly and
meaningfully; the requirements of a good story teller. Just as my handwriting has
become very small and cramped the quality of my voice has also decreased measurably.
As I meet new people our conversations have become “What?” or “Oh dear, I forgot my hearing aid” and “I don't understand what you said”. I smile as I meekly and slowly back away from the conversation, and that is a very boring approach to life!
I was asked if I would be interested in speech therapy. It would be a very different approach to speech therapy from what I had in the past. The name is LSVT LOUD.
Simply put: you agree to a highly disciplined course of study, four days a week for a month. It is a daily hour of hard work; at least I thought talking louder and louder was hard work! There are a series of exercises to do and material to read out loud; no pausing for coffee or visiting and it actually works! ~Pat Sundheim, PWP
Want to learn more about LSVT LOUD & BIG? There are several facilities across the state of SD that has certified clinicians. We encourage you to reach out to a facility in your local area.
Becky Berentschot, BIG trained
Mary Beth Weisner, PT
LSVT BIG Certified
Jami Dalchow, OTD, OTR/L, SCDCM
AOTA Specialty Certification in Driving & Community Mobility
LSVT BIG certified
Linda Tyler, MA, CCC-SLP
LSVT LOUD Certified
Pioneer Memorial Hospital
Big Stone Therapies Inc.
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
Kristen Fox, Certified in LSVT BIG
411 Se 10th Street Ste 103
Madison, SD 57042
Heather Hagberg, Certified LSVT LOUD Therapist
Madison Regional Hospital
Tiffany Stuelpnagel, OT – LSVT BIG certified
Michelle Kemnitz, OT – LSVT BIG