Specialized Program

Greenwood House’s r3 Rehab is offering the Lee Silverman program for speech communication (LSVT® LOUD™) and physical/occupational therapy (LSVT® BIG™). Both programs are innovative and effective treatments targeted to the needs of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and other conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome. Greenwood House therapists have undergone an intense certification process to provide this exclusive treatment based on over 25 years of scientific research.

LSVT LOUD is an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. Named for Mrs. Lee Silverman (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), a woman living with PD, it was developed by Dr. Lorraine Ramig and has been scientifically studied for over 25 years with support from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding organizations. Extensive research on LSVT LOUD has documented that people with PD show improvements in loudness and more variation in pitch while speaking that are maintained for at least two years post-treatment. Secondary improvements may include better articulation, changes in swallowing; improved facial expressions while talking and even speech-related brain changes.

LSVT BIG trains people with Parkinson disease (PD) to use their body more normally. People living with PD or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. They may have trouble with getting around, getting dressed and with other activities of daily living. LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. Because LSVT BIG treatment is customized to each person's specific needs and goals, it can help regardless of the stage or severity of your condition.