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LSVT and Children with Down Syndrome: A Pilot Study
Jill Petska, Tara Robinson, Angela Halpern, Lorraine Ramig and Cynthia Fox

This pilot study begins to explore the effects of LSVT® on the voice of children with Down syndrome and to determine if the LSVT® may have a positive impact on functional communication in this population. Nine children with Down syndrome between the ages of 4 and 8, participated in 16-sessions of LSVT® in one month. Sound pressure level (SPL) was collected in a sound treated booth before and after treatment. All subjects demonstrated gains in SPL pre- to post- treatment for some or all voice and speech tasks. Post treatment parent ratings also suggested a positive response to treatment. These preliminary findings suggest that the LSVT® may be a beneficial treatment to improve voice and functional communication in Down syndrome. Funding for this project was provided by the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado.

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