Speech Therapy

Speech therapy

Our hospital’s outpatient speech therapy team helps patients improve their ability to communicate. This includes speech, which is how sounds are made, and language, which involves understanding and choosing the correct words. A speech therapist can also help patients who have problems swallowing, communicating and patients with cognitive impairments.

  • Speech disorders
  • Swallowing problems
  • Oral muscle weakness
  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive relearning
  • Communication disorders 


We have developed a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team for Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological disorders.  Our patients have had remarkable outcomes as a result of LSVT® BIG and LSVT® LOUD therapy.  LSVT is an extensively researched treatment approach that uses high-intensity therapy to produce significant improvements in walking and balance as well as verbal communication and swallowing.  LSVT was designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s disease; however, individuals with a variety of other neurological disorders have benefitted from these treatments as well.  LSVT has extensive National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for research and has been the subject of scores of peer-reviewed research articles.


LSVT BIG is an intensive 16 session physical therapy program designed to improve whole-body functional movements for ambulatory individuals.  

Research has demonstrated improvements in motor functioning including: 

  • Faster walking
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation  


LSVT LOUD is an intensive 16 session speech therapy program focused primarily on increasing vocal loudness to improve speech intelligibility for patients throughout the continuum of their disease process.  

Decades of research has demonstrated improvement in 90% of the more than 400 individuals with Parkinson's disease studied and 80% maintained improvement after 12-24 months.

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Patient Quote

The therapists I worked with in both the inpatient and outpatient settings focused both on necessary tasks, and on beginning to do things that I enjoy.
Laura Black

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