Dysarthria Speech Therapy

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What is Dysarthria?

Dysarthria Speech Therapy

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder brought about by brain damage and is characterized by impaired muscle movement of the lips, tongue, vocal folds and/or diaphragm. It is not to be confused with apraxia, which is recognized by its coordination difficulties, not abnormalities in muscle strength.

During typical speech production, it is expected that speech sounds clear, rhythmic and is done with proper movement of the lips, tongue and/or jaw. A person with dysarthria may have difficulties with their fine motor coordination or oral muscle strength, resulting in speech that is slurred or mumbled, without a natural rhythm or with limited movement of the lips, tongue and/or jaw.

How to Spot Dysarthria

Because dysarthria is a varied speech disorder, its signs and symptoms are equally diverse. However, here are some of the most common warning signs that should suggest to parents that their child may need professional pediatric speech-language care:

  • Slurred speech
  • Mumbled speech
  • Choppy speech
  • Slow rate of speech
  • Limited movement of the lips, tongue and/or jaw
  • Unnatural pitch and/or rhythm
  • Abnormal vocal qualities, such as sounding hoarse or breathy

Dysarthria Treatment

Speech language pathologists are trained to treat patients with dysarthria, a communication disorder which is caused by brain damage. While a part of the affected population may present with dysarthria due to stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease/amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), dysarthria may also occur in children at birth due to cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, for example.

While dysarthria can have serious speech implications, it is important to remember that trained speech-language pathologists have many strategies to help kids enhance their speech. However, that therapeutic process typically involves intensive speech therapy sessions 1-5 times per week.

A speech-language pathologist will target improved oral motor strength through appropriate oral motor exercises that coincide to the oral movements needed for successful speech. Activities to enhance natural speech rate and proper use of voice may also be employed so that your child can become clear in his/her speech output.

If your child is living with dysarthria, finding a quality speech-language pathologist is a top priority. At Orlando Speech, our SLPs are experienced in treating a variety of speech-language disorders and do so with unparalleled skill and compassion. We are proud to provide mobile speech therapy services to the greater Orlando, Florida area including Dr. Phillips, Sand Lake, Lake Buena Vista, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden, MetroWest, Oviedo, Waterford Lakes, Winter Park, and Maitland. Call us today to learn more about our dysarthria speech therapy treatment programs.

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