What is Dysarthria?

Dysarthria is a speech disorder caused by muscle weakness making it hard for your child to talk. It can be mild or severe.  Brain damage causes dysarthria. It can happen at birth or after an illness or injury. Anything that causes brain damage can cause dysarthria. We have Speech-Language Pathologists who specialize in treating Dysarthria in children.

For more information on Dysarthria

Call our office at (208) 535-1286

Visit The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/dysarthria/

Signs
  • “Slurred” or “mumbled” speech.
  • Speaking too slowly or too fast.
  • Speak softly.
  • Difficulty moving your tongue, lips, and jaw while speaking.
  • Sounding robotic or choppy.
  • Sounding hoarse, breathy or stuffy.
Treatment
  • Slowing down speech.
  • Using more breath to speak louder.
  • Strengthening mouth muscles.
  • Improving lip and tongue movements.
  • Saying sounds clearly in words and sentences.
  • Using alternative or augmentative communication.
Causes
  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury
  • Tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy