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