BMH offers new voice treatment therapy

Patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders including Huntington’s disease, Tourette syndrome, Shy-Drager Syndrome and progressive supranuclear palsy, can maintain and improve the quality of their oral communication with the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT).

Offered at the Blount Memorial Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Tellico West by a LSVT-certified speech pathologist, this intense, four-week program teaches people with neurological disorders to develop the strength required to communicate more effectively.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) recognizes LSVT as the gold-standard treatment of Parkinson-specific speech therapy. An estimated 89 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease experience speech problems such as soft voice, mumbled or monotone speech, and hoarse voice which progressively worsen over time.

LSVT can help patients through improved vocal loudness; improved intelligibility, more facial expression; improved ability to swallow and better neural functioning.

LSVT treatment focuses on improving loudness and immediate carry over into daily communication enabling patients to maintain and/or improve their oral communication. Treatment effects can last up to two years, and benefits can include better speech intelligibility, generalized improvements across motor symptoms including swallowing and facial expression, and neural functioning.

For more information, call the Blount Memorial Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Tellico West at 423-884-1901.

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