What is it about?

Children with cerebral palsy can have difficulties talking with their family and friends. We studied the effects of a novel intensive speech treatment in five children with cerebral palsy. Our results demonstrated a number of findings post-treatment. First, it showed that the children could tolerate the intensive treatment. Second, listeners rated speech samples of the children as louder, clearer and easier to understand. For most kids, these improvements were maintained six weeks after treatment. Parents also reported some improvements in speech outside of the treatment room.

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Why is it important?

Improving communication in children with speech disorders can have a positive impact on their self-esteem and quality of life. Examining novel speech therapy approaches can help us better understand what works and what does not. This was a small study, but it offers some initial insights into how intensive voice treatment may be helpful for some children with cerebral palsy.


Conducting this study revealed to me the frustrations children with cerebral palsy experience when they are not understood. Talking with ease is a task that is often taken for granted when it occurs so naturally in typically developing children. Observing first-hand how hard children were willing to work in therapy to improve speech was impressive. The joy they experienced with communication success was humbling. There is much more work to be done in this area of research. This study hopefully provides some foundation and insights for future research.

Dr Cynthia Marie Fox
LSVT Global, Inc.

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This page is a summary of: Intensive Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) for Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy and Dysarthria, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, June 2012, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/1092-4388(2011/10-0235).
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