Treatment of Dysarthria (slurred speech)

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  • Oro-motor (facial) exercises may be required to build up the strength / range of movement and coordination of facial muscles.
  • Facial TES (trophic electric stimulation) may be helpful if you have a facial droop or asymmetry.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing for those who have reduced breath support for speech is important.
  • Voice exercises (eg volume / pitch work) may be necessary.
  • Audio and / or video recording of your speech can be very helpful to achieve progress and allow accurate self-analysis.
  • Speech strategies to improve the clarity of your speech are given straight away if possible.
  • Reading aloud work to improve your use of those strategies is often recommended.
  • Work on prosody or intonation can be helpful for some clients.
  • We always aim to promote the naturalness of your speech.

Some clients with the above difficulties benefit from a communication aid (low tech or high tech) to assist their speech. We can offer advice and organise demonstration sessions of different communication aids as appropriate.