What is Dysarthria?

Dysarthria, often referred to as slurred speech, is a motor speech disorder resulting in the decreased ability to produce intelligible speech. Dysarthria is seen most often in individuals with stroke, TBIs, tumors, and neurological diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s disease). Characteristics may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased loudness of voice
  • Imprecise articulation due to muscle weakness
  • Slowed mouth movements
  • Hyper- or Hypo-nasality


Speech Therapy for Dysarthria

Depending on symptoms and their cause, treatment will focus on improving the clarity of speech using compensatory strategies, oral-motor exercises, breathing techniques, repairing communication breakdowns, and modifying the environment to optimize effective communication.

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