What is dysarthria?

What is dysarthria?

Dysathria can affect a person’s ability to get their message across accurately. This is due to muscle weakness affecting the muscles that help produce speech i.e. lips, tongue, respiratory system etc.

How does dysarthria affect communication?

The person with dysarthria is able to make sense using the correct words, but it just doesn’t sound clear. They can understand and follow conversations; reading and writing are not affected.

When speaking to a person who has dysarthria you may notice their speech is slurred or slow. Their voice may be very quiet and difficult to hear. It may be very difficult to understand what the person is saying.

Dysarthria can sometimes occur alongside aphasia.