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Special Lecture Event: Speech and Deep Brain Stimulation: Treatment Options

On July 18, 2013 LSVT Global and The Parkinson Alliance hosted a special lecture event: “Speech and deep brain stimulation: treatment options.” The event was held at the Institute of Neurology, Queen’s Square, London, UK. The presenter was Dr. Elina Tripoliti, Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist working with the Deep Brain Stimulation Team at the Institute. Dr. Tripoliti is an expert clinician and researcher with years of experience studying speech following DBS surgery.

This course discussed three areas of the speech-DBS literature including:  1) A brief overview of basal ganglia anatomy and physiology and description of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for PD; 2) The various clinical and surgical factors that can affect speech as well as predictive factors on speech response; and 3) Treatment options, classified in two broad categories: behavioral theories (such as the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) and biofeedback, and multidisciplinary teamwork coordinating adjustment of electrical parameters (frequency or amplitude of stimulation) and /or repositioning of the electrodes.  The paramount importance of team work when working with patients post STN-DBS was emphasized.

Missed the live event?  No worries – it will be offered as an ONLINE course in approximately 60 days on the LSVT Global website.

Thank you again to The Parkinson Alliance for their support of this event.  To learn more about this organization, visit http://www.dbs4pd.org.



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