The difficulties of dysarthria
Dysarthria is difficulty in speaking which is caused by brain damage or brain changes later in life.
A child or adult with dysarthria may have slurred, nasal-sounding or breathy speech, a strained and hoarse voice, excessively loud or quiet speech, problems speaking in a regular rhythm, with frequent hesitations, “gurgly”-sounding or monotone speech, difficulty with tongue and lip movements and/or difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), which may lead to constant drooling.
As a result of these problems, a person with dysarthria may be difficult to understand. In some cases, they may only be able to produce short phrases, single words, or no intelligible speech at all.
Dysarthria doesn’t affect intelligence or understanding, but a person with the condition may also have problems in these areas. Speech problems can also affect social interaction, employment and education.
If you or your child has dysarthria, you may find it helpful to see a speech and language therapist (SLT). Ask your GP about your nearest speech and language therapy clinic.