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What's the treatment for dysarthria?

Different treatment options may be explored according to the type and severity of the dysarthria. Where dysarthria is accompanied by severe drooling (as in some types of cerebral palsy), drug or surgical management may be

recommended, and the therapist may have a role in monitoring these effects. Where speech is unintelligible and likely to remain so for some time, a Communication Aids Centre might be consulted for advice about alternative and augmentative communication. Such centres can also advise less severely dysarthric speakers who want to opt for a communication aid. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) works with the individual to improve communication abilities. Goals may include slowing the rate of speech, improving breath support so the person can speak more loudly, muscle strengthening exercises, increasing mouth, tongue, and lip movement, or improving articulation so that speech is more clear. The SLP can also help the person's caregivers or family learn to adapt the environment so that they can understand the person better and can teach compensatory strategies that will enhance communication. In cases of severe dysarthria, it may be impossible for the person to speak intelligibly and an alternative means of communication may be needed. These range from using simple gestures or alphabet boards to more sophisticated electronic or computer-based equipment. If chewing and swallowing problems exist, the SLP can address these areas, as well.

More information on dysarthria

What is dysarthria? - Dysarthria is an acquired neurological disorder of speech caused by damage to cranial nerves or the frontal lobe (motor cortex).
What causes dysarthria? - Dysarthria is caused by poor control of the speech muscles. In adults, dysarthria is can be caused by stroke, degenerative disease.
What're the symptoms of dysarthria? - A person with dysarthria may experience many symptoms, depending on the extent and location of damage to the nervous system.
What's the treatment for dysarthria? - Different treatment options may be explored according to the type and severity of the dysarthria.
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