How LSVT BIG Helps Patients With Parkinson's

How the LSVT BIG Program Helps Patients With Parkinson’s

I have struggled over the years finding the right treatment strategies to help my clients that have Parkinson’s Disease optimize function, and I love that LSVT BIG Program® is determined to help OT practitioners do this through evidence based intervention.

The team from LSVT BIG has joined me on the Seniors Flourish podcast discussing the evidence, how their program works, answering your questions about the certification, and (my favorite!) sharing some amazing stories about how LSVT BIG has changed the lives of their clients!

They also shared 5 “BIG” Things We Learned About Treating Patients with Parkinson’s that is super helpful and dig into the research to help our patients accomplish their goals including:

  1. Never Underestimate Your Client’s Potential
  2. Don’t Be Afraid to Push Your Patient
  3. Keep It Simple
  4. Functional Carryover is Key
  5. To Restore or Compensate? That is the Question!

Dig into how to integrate these principles into your practice, check it out here.

Resources from the show:

How to use the LSVT BIG program in OT to Help Patients with Parkinson's |

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LSVT BIG Research

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7 thoughts on “How the LSVT BIG Program Helps Patients With Parkinson’s”

  1. I was once certified in LSVT Big! I LOVED the program! The training was fantastic. My job changed and I didn’t have a need to continue my certification, but I have referred several clients to the website to find a therapist.

    1. Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L

      Thanks Kristina! I have not done the certification, but everyone I know that has it, LOVES it!

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  3. Hello Miss Mandy Chamberlain,
    I’ve been meaning to post a shout-out to you and your many brilliant guests for a while now. My name is Cassie Greco. I am a first-year student in the OTD program at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, NE. This is the school’s first OTD class and I could rave on and on about the faculty, my peers, and their unique program design. It’s something I’m passionate about!

    In the past year, I have begun listening to the Senior Flourish Podcast and just devour the conversations. I enjoyed this particular podcast for a number of reasons. The first reason being my first encounter with LSVT BIG. A physical therapy mentor of mine was the first to tell me about LSVT BIG. She allowed me to observe a session with her and a very wonderful patient – motivated, musical, and devoted to his wife for many years. I couldn’t have had a better first encounter!

    Much later I learned about RockSteady Boxing and had the opportunity to participate in a session with a physical therapist and occupational therapist here in NE. They are doing a phenomenal job leading the class and have created an awesome community!

    The second reason that I love this podcast is Miss Bernadette Kosier’s comparison of OT to MacGyver. I have also felt that OT is such a large assortment of intellect and skills. The ingenuity that goes into problem-solving and tailoring therapy to fit each individual is part of what attracted me to the profession. I myself, love to dabble in many things and want to do so in many more things. Over and over again I can’t help but think that there just aren’t enough hours in a day for me to do everything that I want to do and learn everything that I want to learn.

    The third reason I love this podcast is probably Miss Wood’s (?) follow-up comment and shout-out to her clinical educator Donna K. Heinle: “A good occupational therapist should be able to show up with a stick of gum, a ballpoint pen, and paper clip, and be able to lead an entire therapy session.” I will also never forget this. It’s too funny and such a great analogy to describe the profession.

    Thank you again for the good quality topics you bring to your listeners and thank you especially for the educational component! Please continue the work that you do!

    1. Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L

      Cassie – This made my day! thank you so much for listening to the podcast. My goal is to share the #OTlove and knowledge so we can all be better clinicians. 🙂

  4. Just completed my certification and LOVE the program! Trying to get started offering mobile outpatient (Med B) for Parkinson’s patients in my area.

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