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Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Whitney Lucas Molitor


Parkinson’s Disease, veterans, high amplitude, functional, LSVT BIG®

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this capstone project was to gain advanced clinical knowledge in working with veterans with Parkinson’s Disease using Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG® in order to create materials and implement strategies to improve adherence to and carryover of high amplitude movement patterns in daily life. The 14-week capstone project was completed at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System in Minneapolis, MN with a primary focus on the Living Large Program. Overall the student worked with veterans with Parkinson’s Disease in outpatient and inpatient settings on a multifaceted level. The objectives for the project included (a)acquiring experience in implementation of LSVT BIG®; (b) gaining interdisciplinary experience, performing research, and creating marketing materials; (c) development of materials to improve the carryover of high amplitude movement patterns in daily life; (d) creation and implementation of a functional outpatient group exercise program; and (e) presentation of the project to the occupational therapy department. Each objective had corresponding deliverables that were completed by the capstone student. These deliverables included external visual cues, home exercise program help manual, progress notes, research, functional program plans, veteran interviews, and video examples of commonly performed functional activities using high amplitude movement patterns. In using the constructs from LSVT BIG®, veterans with Parkinson’s Disease were able to improve their occupational performance. This capstone project provided materials and implemented strategies to promote the effective use of high amplitude movement patterns in daily life.