“Because it can be difficult for patients with Parkinson’s to be understood, a lot of patients with the condition stop talking or talk much less than they did before, which can cause isolation and loneliness,” said Austin “Beth” Barnhill Smith, Howell’s speech-language pathologist at Tidelands Health Neurological Rehabilitation Center. “The patient’s brain is telling them they are loud enough, but to the average listener, they are not.
“The program helps re-train patients’ brains to think ‘LOUD’ and helps restore their voice to a more normal volume. The results can be life changing; LSVT LOUD can help patients get their voice and ability to communicate back, and Jon was no exception.”
LSVT LOUD is a four-week, intensive speech therapy program. Patients participate in hour-long sessions with a speech-language pathologist four days each week and complete daily homework, which is critical to the program’s success.