Online Speech Therapy for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Neurological Disorders
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment eLOUD program is an evidence-based and clinically proven treatment program to help people with Parkinson’s improve their communication. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is disorder that may commonly impact a person’s communication and/or swallowing skills. Other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and stroke have also been researched to benefit from LSVT eLOUD.
As a speech language pathologist (SLP) that has been certified in LSVT LOUD for almost 10 years, I have found that helping patients with Parkinson’s improve their communication a thoroughly rewarding experience. I have also seen how difficult it can be for clients and families to attend in-person speech therapy sessions with high frequency required. Some days clients may not feel well enough to leave home. Transportation issues may also interfere. Luckily, technology has continued to improve accessibility to speech therapy services. Clients can now participate in the LSVT eLOUD program at home from a laptop or mobile device. Caregivers may assist clients with devices or therapy tasks if needed.
PD affects a person’s voice and/or speech with any or all of the characteristics listed below:
Why LSVT eLOUD?
LSVT LOUD has also researched the efficacy and outcomes of providing LSVT LOUD via speech telepractice. Speech telepractice may also be referred to as online speech therapy, speech teletherapy, virtual speech therapy or telespeech. It is now possible to complete the LSVT LOUD program from the comfort of your own home. Given the rigorous intensity of the program of 4 days per week for 4 weeks, the speech teletherapy modality eliminates some of the difficulties of attending an intensive therapy program in person. LSVT eLOUD online gives you the same 1:1 60 minutes sessions with your therapist and follows the same rigorous voice and speech workout.
Benefits of LSVT eLOUD
When is the right time to seek treatment and complete the LSVT eLOUD program?
The sooner the better!
Once someone is diagnosed they can benefit from a speech therapy evaluation. LSVT eLOUD allows you to learn how to workout your voice, and achieve optimal voice volume and speech intelligibility. Maintaining social interaction and communication with others is key to a person’s quality of life. The earlier you participate in the LSVT eLOUD program, the more prepared you and your family members will be to learn how to improve your communication skills.