LSVT BIG trains people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) to use their body more normally. People living with PD or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. They may have trouble with getting around, getting dressed and other activities of daily living. LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “smaller motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from the sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care and other tasks by helping “re-calibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see.
LSVT LOUD is an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions. LSVT LOUD trains people with PD to use their voice at a more normal loudness level while speaking at home, work, or in the community. Key to the treatment is helping people “re-calibrate” their perceptions so they know how loud or soft they sound to other people and can feel comfortable using a stronger voice at a normal loudness level. LSVT LOUD has also helped people with atypical Parkinsonism, such as progressive supra-nuclear palsy, and has recently shown promise for adults with speech issues arising from stroke or multiple sclerosis and children with cerebral palsy or Down Syndrome. Beginning your work with LSVT LOUD before you’ve noticed significant problems with voice, speech, and communication will often lead to the best results, but it’s never too late to start.