Michael Bedell of Northfield has a progressive neurological disorder that is similar to Parkinson’s and which compromises his ability to speak, swallow, and use his muscles. Michael is retired from the Vermont National Guard and a career at Rock of Ages. By working with one of CVHHH’s Speech-Language Pathologists, Rachel Audy, and following a rigorous speech treatment called LSVT LOUD, Michael has improved his voice loudness and quality, and is also making improvements in his ability to articulate when he makes phone calls.
LSVT LOUD is a speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions that supports improvements in vocal loudness, voice quality, swallowing, and facial expression. The program focuses on a single goal–to speak loud–to maximize a person’s speech intelligibility. By working through an extended course of vocal exercises with Rachel over a four-week period–and by repeating the exercises in between visits with Rachel–Michael has been able to achieve a healthy vocal loudness without strain.
Michael and Rachel have an easy and friendly relationship, one that has strengthened over time and as a result of being able to celebrate successes and work toward goals together. Michael says that he feels good knowing that he has been able to make improvements for himself. To learn more about our in-home Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy services, visit the Rehab Therapy Section of our website.