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NEW Online Course Available Now! “Speech and Deep Brain Stimulation: Treatment Options”

LSVT Global has just launched a new ONLINE educational course: Speech and Deep Brain Stimulation: Treatment Options.

This course is open to allied health professionals, physicians, or members of the Parkinson community.  Please feel free to share the information.

The course is approximately 1 hour in duration and costs $30.00.

For more information (including CEU offerings) and to register for the course click on "Read More".

Course Description: Speech can be adversely affected by bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) with significant impact on patients’ Quality of Life. This course will discuss three areas of the speech-DBS literature:

  1. A brief overview of basal ganglia anatomy and physiology and a brief description of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for Parkinson disease (PD); a summary of the history of electrical stimulation and deep brain structures; a description of the variable effects of bilateral versus unilateral STN-DBS and Globus Pallidus Internus (GPi-DBS) on speech of patients with PD; a discussion of the methodological issues to consider when studying speech and DBS.
  2. The various clinical and surgical factors that can affect speech as well as predictive factors on speech response. We will present the different types of speech problems that can arise from DBS.
  3. Finally and most importantly we will discuss treatment options, classified in two broad categories: the ones based on behavioral theories (such as the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) and biofeedback (such as the use of electropalatography) and the ones based on multidisciplinary team work as they rely on the 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 will be emphasized. The course is based on video examples.

Sponsored by:  LSVT Global, Inc. and The Parkinson Alliance

Presented by: Elina Tripoliti, PhD
Dr. Tripoliti was trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the School of Philosophy, University of Athens before embarking on postgraduate studies on Speech and Language Therapy at City University, London. She has been working at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, for the last 14 years mainly in the area of Movement disorders, providing therapy for patients with motor speech and swallowing difficulties. For the last 12 years she has been part of the Unit of Functional Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurology, where she has the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team to treat patients with PD and dystonia and study the long term effects of electrical stimulation of deep brain structures on speech and swallowing. She was awarded her PhD in Neurological studies from UCL, Institute of Neurology in 2010. She is still fascinated by the amazing human ability to speak and the joy of conversation.

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