Today Speech Advance spent the day with lecturers at Birmingham City University (BCU) examining first year students completing their OSCE's (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). As always the lecturers and clinical educators were so welcoming and supportive to us visiting clinicans and to the students, which made the day so enjoyable. These examinations must be so nerve wrecking for the students but we're happy to say that all the students did well! So a massive well done to them all! And to the lecturers for preparing them so well! Read more >
Lee Silvermann Voice Therapy (LSVT)
Speech Advance offers Lee Silvermann Voice Therapy (LSVT) for clients with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions.
LSVT is a clinically-proven method for improving individuals voice and speech. It focuses on a single goal to ‘speak LOUD!’ to maximise speech intelligibility.
What is LSVT LOUD?
LSVT LOUD™ is an effective speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) and other neurological conditions.
The treatment improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. Focused on a single goal “speak LOUD!” – the treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to maximise speech intelligibility. The treatment does not train people to shout or yell but uses loudness training to bring the voice to an improved, healthy vocal loudness with no strain.
Treatment is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (four individual 60 minute sessions per week). The treatment not only simulates the motor system but also incorporates sensory awareness training to help individuals recognize that their voice may be too soft and making them comfortable with their new louder voice. Patients are trained to self-generate the adequate amount of loudness to make their speech understood.
LSVT has been scientifically studied for nearly 20 years. Published research data support improvements in vocal loudness, intonation, and voice quality for individuals with PD who received LSVT LOUD, with improvements maintained up to two years after treatment. Recent research studies have also documented the effectiveness of this therapy in improving the common problems of disordered articulation, diminished facial expression and impaired swallowing.
Where else to go for information?
LSVT Global, Inc. pioneered the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). More information on treatment and research can be found on their website:
What do we charge for LSVT?
We offer you a free initial discussion over the phone to discuss your needs.
Initial Assessment from £125 per hour
Accurate diagnosis is essential for planning appropriate therapy. A range of formal (standardised) and informal assessments will be used as appropriate to form a diagnosis.
Therapy Session from £80
A standard therapy session normally lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour. This is the time spent with the client and family. The fee also includes time spent outside the consultation in preparation of material and planning.
Initial Assessment from £125
LSVT 16 session package - Therapy Session from £65
Travel costs are charged at £40 per hour and 45p per mile.
Attendance at Case Conferences, Multi-Disciplinary Meetings and other related discussions will be charged £80 per hour.
Additional requests, for reports, letters and/or phone calls will be charged per item.
If you have any queries or require more information with regards to costs please do not hesitate to contact me.
Huge congratulations to Mr and Mrs Goldstraw on their marriage. Mr Goldstraw (aka Ryan) has had speech therapy from Speech Advance for a while now and was able to stand up and do his whole grooms speech! We are beyond proud! Read more >
What a wonderful, busy year we had in 2017! Speech Advanve are so proud of all the achievements made. It was year packed full of variety and we are aiming to make 2018 an even better year...if thats even possible!!!! Read more >
Speech Advance were thrilled to be invited by Parkinson's UK to their local Working Together Event. The events are held twice a year and are a great opportunity to meet, share experiences and knowledge with staff, volunteers and people with Parkinson's within the local area. Read more >
Each day we meet people who have fantastic talents! We really should do a talent show! So lovely to get to know people more and find out these talents. Today we were sent another poem from a Mr Lawrence Kilkenny who has had help with his swallowing and had some LOUD therapy due to his Parkinsons! My favourite line has to be - 'she's quite the best speech therapist around!' (wink!) Have a read...... Read more >