Dysarthria is a condition that occurs when there are problems with the muscles that help you talk. Most times, dysarthria occurs:
Simple changes in the way you talk with a person who has dysarthria can make a difference.
The person who has dysarthria and their family may need to learn different ways of communicating, such as:
If you do not understand the person, do not just agree with them. Ask them to speak again. Tell them what you think they said and ask them to repeat it. Ask the person to say it in a different way. Ask them to slow down so that you can make out their words.
Listen carefully and allow the person to finish. Be patient. Make eye contact with them before speaking. Give positive feedback for their effort.
Ask questions in a way that they can answer you with yes or no.
If you have dysarthria:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dysarthria. http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/dysarthria. Accessed on May 20, 2014.
Walshe M, Miller N. Living with acquired dysarthria: the speaker's perspective. Disabil Rehabil. 2011;33:195-203.
Updated by: Joseph V. Campellone, M.D., Division of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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