Authors: Boliek CA, Fox CM
Title: Therapeutic effects of intensive voice treatment (LSVT LOUD®) for children with spastic cerebral palsy and dysarthria: A phase I treatment validation study
Source: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2017 19(6): 601-615
Year: 2017
Research Design: Case Series

Purpose: The aim of the present study was to validate and extend the evaluation of treatment outcomes following LSVT LOUD® in children with dysarthria secondary to cerebral palsy (CP). Method: Seven children (5 females, 6-10 years) with spastic quadriplegia and dysarthria received LSVT LOUD. Outcomes included: (a) quantitative and qualitative indices of communication and social functioning representing therapeutic effects and (b) features of the acoustic signal representing physiological effects on the speech mechanism. A matched group of typically developing children served as controls. Testing occurred just prior to (PRE), immediately following (POST), and at 12 weeks post-treatment (FUP). Result: Expert listeners preferred voice quality and articulatory precision of children with CP at FUP as compared to PRE. Acoustic data indicated improvements on select measures of vocal functioning at POST with some maintenance at FUP. Single word intelligibility improved immediately POST, but was not maintained at FUP. Parents rated positive changes in characteristics of voice and speech and qualitative changes in communication at both POST and FUP.Conclusion: The present study validated some of the previous LSVT LOUD outcomes in children with dysarthria and CP and extended our understanding of therapeutic effects through qualitative data obtained from extensive parent interviews.

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