I just completed the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program at Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital. I highly recommend this program for Parkinson’s sufferers. I had 16 sessions with an amazing speech therapist and her spectacular intern. The program helped me to become aware of how intentional I need to be when I speak. And that when I think I’m speaking loudly, my volume is actually just about right. I must continually be conscious about making a big effort to speak loudly and to breathe deeply before I speak to get the necessary pressure to increase my volume. I must also continue to practice to keep my voice strong. Thank you Joyce and Erica.
How can Parkinson’s patients help their caregivers stay strong? By giving their best effort when undergoing therapy. When diagnosed, Parkinson’s patients and caregivers are told there is no cure for the disease and that their condition will progressively worsen. Hearing this news can be depressing. There are, however, many treatments programs available to help Parkinson’s patients resist the disease’s debilitating effects. An example of such therapy is the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program. I can say the LSVT program has helped me by teaching me strategies to overcome Parkinson’s symptoms. (I talk about the LSVT strategies in another post) The fact is my voice is getting stronger and the concepts I’ve learned in therapy can be used in other areas of my life. This improvement has encouraged my wife. She said that seeing my progress has given her hope that we can enjoy some success at keeping the symptoms at bay. We don’t have to sit hopelessly by and wait for my condition to deteriorate. So, by giving maximum effort to my therapy, I not only help myself, I’ve strengthened my caregiver.
February 9, 2015 – I started the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program today. I think this will help me to speak better and give me more confidence.