Belinda McDonald has worked with many people who have Parkinson’s disease over the last 32 years. Belinda uses a broad range of speech and swallowing treatment strategies according to each individuals’ needs and goals.

Belinda is a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD ©) certified clinicianBelinda is also LSVT eLOUD certified. This means Belinda is certified to deliver LSVT LOUD © via telehealth, using Zoom, Skype or FaceTime.

LSVT LOUD © is the internationally-recognised “gold standard” speech treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease. It is an intensive voice and speech treatment. The program involves having speech therapy sessions 4 times a week for 4 weeks in a row. Daily home practice is also required.

Once Belinda receives your referral to be assessed for suitability to receive LSVT LOUD ©, she does a comprehensive assessment of your speech and voice. The results will show if you will benefit from LSVT LOUD ©, or if another approach would be more beneficial.

If LSVT LOUD © is the most appropriate treatment for you, you can have therapy in one of the following ways:

  • face-to-face only
  • face-to-face AND remotely via telehealth
  • telehealth only

If a person is unsuitable for LSVT LOUD ©, Belinda will discuss other treatment options to help make everyday communication easier.

Therapy via telehealth isn’t for everyone. It can be very useful for people who can’t access a Speech Pathologist, and people who feel comfortable using a computer.

To be able to do LSVT LOUD © via telehealth, you will need:

  • a computer or laptop (PC or Mac) with an internal or external webcam and an internet connection
  • Zoom, Skype or FaceTime loaded onto your computer or laptop
  • the ability to use a computer
  • a helper may also be needed (especially if you aren’t very familiar with using a computer)

Contact Belinda to discuss whether LSVT LOUD © via telehealth might be appropriate for you.