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11) Communication problems after stroke – Dysarthria

Dysarthria is a disorder of the muscles of the face, mouth and breathing control which enable us to produce speech. The person has no difficulty understanding what is being communicated to them and they have the ability to communicate but they way they are able to do this has been affected.

Symptoms of Dysarthria

  • Slurred speech.
  • Slow speech.
  • Speaking so softly it is difficult to hear.
  • Speech sounds breathless.
  • Saliva may drool out of the side of the mouth when speaking.
  • Control of lips, tounge and jaw affects the ability to form words or sounds.
  • Rhythm or tone of speech is affected.
  • Speech can sound rushed and incoherant.
  • Swallowing difficulties can mean there will be excess saliva in the mouth.
  • Speech can sound moist or gurgling.

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