Dysarthria
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Dysarthria refers to a group of speech disorders originating from problems with the nervous system. It is a condition in which the muscles used for speech are weak or the person has difficulty controlling the muscle movements necessary for speech.

For individuals with this condition, their speech can be slow, unsteady, slurred, monotone, quiet, nasal and/or raspy/strained.  

 

How can a Speech-Language Pathologist help?

Speech-Language Pathologists can help by:

 

  • Assessing the individual's speech and non-speech movements (i.e., speed, strength, range, accuracy, coordination and steadiness)
  • Determining what type of dysarthria the individual may have (types include flaccid, spastic, ataxic, hypokinetic, hyperkinetic, mixed, unilateral upper motor neuron and undetermined)
  • Creating a treatment or management plan to improve their speech
  • Collaborating with the rehabilitation team to determine the best intervention and course of treatment
  • Recommending prosthetic or surgical management, or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) (communication methods used to replace or add to regular communication such as the use of a tablet, communication board, etc.)
  • Providing therapy to teach strategies, news skills and compensatory strategies to the individual with dysarthria and their family

  

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