What is it about?
The majority of individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) have speech and voice disorders. LSVT®LOUD (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) is an evidence-based treatment that currently is being delivered in 60 countries to help individuals with PD improve their ability to communicate. However, access to this treatment may be challenging for individuals who have mobility constraints or who do not have contact with clinicians who are trained in this method. This study evaluated an interactive, customized software-based program, the LSVTCompanion® to deliver LSVT LOUD as an independent “at-home” clinician for a portion of the treatment sessions. Results supported the use of this system in treating speech and voice disorders in PD. See Resources Video LSVTCompanion Client Edition Demonstration.
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Why is it important?
This study provided the first evidence that individuals with PD who used the LSVTCompanion had treatment gains comparable to individuals who received the standard in-person LSVT LOUD. Furthermore, these individuals were able to use the LSVTCompanion independently at home and reported that it was very helpful. Outcomes on sound pressure level (reflecting vocal loudness) and listener and significant other ratings supported a positive post-treatment impact on speech and voice.
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This page is a summary of: Innovative Technology for the Assisted Delivery of Intensive Voice Treatment (LSVT®LOUD) for Parkinson Disease, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2012, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/1058-0360(2012/11-0125).
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Learn more about the LSVT Companion Client and Clinician editions. View video demonstrations, read more about the research and development of the LSVT Companion and the system requirements for use.
LSVTCompanion Client Edition Demonstration (1 minute)
View how the LSVTCompanion Client Edition can be used by LSVT LOUD graduates to practice their voice exercises at home. This can be used for homework practice during LSVT LOUD or used after LSVT LOUD treatment is over.
LSVTCompanion Webinar (1 hour)
Join LSVT LOUD Expert Clinicians as they walk through the LSVT Companion, Client Edition. LSVT LOUD Experts will demonstrate the features of the LSVT Companion Client Edition, showing you how to independently use the Client Edition for homework practice, follow-up practice, or even individual treatment sessions.
LSVTCompanion Clinician Edition Demonstration (2 minutes)
The LSVTCompanion system can be used during LSVT LOUD treatment sessions. This allows the clinician quickly and efficiently collect objective information during treatment sessions.
LSVTCompanion Frequently Asked Questions
Read the answers to some frequently asked questions about the LSVTCompanion.
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