LSVT LOUD vs SPEAK OUT! - Which voice treatment is best for Parkinson's?

Parkinson's affects  nearly one million people in the United States.

One of the early signs of Parkinson's is a change in voice.  The voice may become soft or hoarse.  It's a common symptom early in the disease and worsens as the disease progresses.  A soft voice can make it difficult to do common daily activities like have a conversation, give a presentation, or order a cup of coffee.  

Speech Therapy can help improve the strength, loudness, and clarity of your voice.  

SPEAK OUT! vs LSVT LOUD

Two speech therapy programs are well-researched for Parkinson's Disease:  Lee-Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD) and SPEAK OUT! from Parkinson Voice Project. 

 SPEAK OUT! voice therapy for Parkinson's. In-home treatment available with Speech Spark in Green Bay, Wisconsin and the surrounding area.

SPEAK OUT! voice therapy for Parkinson's. In-home treatment available with Speech Spark in Green Bay, Wisconsin and the surrounding area.

SPEAK OUT! focuses on the concept of intent.  SPEAK OUT! strengthens the muscles used for speaking and swallowing and places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act.  In therapy, we work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in the free SPEAK OUT! Workbook.  

LSVT LOUD focuses on the concept of sensory re-calibration and using a loud voice. Because it takes more effort to use a strong clear voice, a person with Parkinson's often feels that they are shouting if they are using a "normal" loudness.  

LSVT-LOUD is more well-known.  45 minute SPEAK OUT! sessions at three times a week may be easier for a person to fit into their schedule than 60 minute sessions 4 times a week that LSVT LOUD requires.

LSVT

SPEAK OUT!

Research – Supported

Yes

Yes

# Treatment Sessions required

16

12

Session Length

60 minutes

45 minutes

Includes Home Program

Exercises provided

Workbook with daily tasks

Usually covered by Medicare

Yes

Yes

Treatment focus

Highly structured program focused on being LOUD and sensory recalibration

Flexible program focused on using INTENT when speaking; also incorporates cognition

Available at Speech Spark

Yes

Yes

Both programs are supported by research and are usually covered by Medicare.  Both options are adaptable to online therapy for private pay clients, throughout Wisconsin.

Both treatment options require intense effort and ongoing practice during treatment as well as after.   Both treatments also recommend periodic "tune-up" therapy sessions to maintain the strong clear voice.

Both services are available through Speech Spark throughout the Greater Green Bay, Wisconsin area, as well as online throughout Wisconsin.

Benefit of voice therapy through Speech Spark:

  • I can help you decide which treatment - LSVT LOUD or SPEAK OUT! or a different option, is right for your situation.

  • I provide mobile speech therapy services. I am able to travel to your home, office, or another appropriate location of your choice to provide speech therapy services. Clients have found this option to be more convenient for their busy schedules and therapy tends to be more functional than an office setting.

  • Medicare and reasonably priced Private Pay options are available.

  • Online therapy options are available throughout Wisconsin.

  • Learn more about Speech Spark and why we are a preferred option throughout the Green Bay area for an individualized approach to therapy.

Learn more about Lee-Silverman Voice Treatment - LSVT-LOUD

Learn more about SPEAK OUT! voice treatment for Parkinson's