Research Article  |   July 2018
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment BIG® for a Person With Stroke
Author Affiliations
  • Rachel M. Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri, Columbia; proffittrm@health.missouri.edu
  • Whitney Henderson, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, is Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Shea Scholl, MOT, is Student, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Micaela Nettleton, MOT, is Student, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri, Columbia
Article Information
Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Neurologic Conditions / Stroke / Case Report
Research Article   |   July 2018
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment BIG® for a Person With Stroke
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 2018, Vol. 72, 7205210010p1-7205210010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.028217
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 2018, Vol. 72, 7205210010p1-7205210010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.028217
Abstract

The extant literature suggests the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment BIG® (LSVT BIG) program is an effective intervention for persons with Parkinson’s disease; however, no literature or research on the use of this program as an intervention for persons with stroke exists. We examined the effects of the LSVT BIG program for a 52-yr-old community-dwelling woman with mild to moderate upper extremity hemiparesis 2 yr after a stroke and the feasibility of delivering the home exercise component of the program in a game-based format. We made measurements at pretest, posttest, and 6-wk follow-up. The participant demonstrated self-reported improvements in occupational performance and satisfaction and large improvements in upper extremity motor function. The next step in this research is to deliver LSVT BIG and a home game-based program with a larger, more diverse population of persons with chronic stroke to further determine the effectiveness and appropriateness of this intervention.