How we can help people who have dysarthria

Dysarthria is a disorder of speech following a neurological injury. People suffering from dysarthria find it difficult to articulate (ability to speak clearly and coherently) words as the muscles used for speech become impaired. There can be many different causes and reasons for dysarthria.

Speech and language therapy will help to support an individual with dysarthria by providing them with an individualised treatment programme to maximise their communication.

What is dysarthria?

Dysarthria is caused by a nervous system disorder which eventually causes problems with the muscles such as; lips, tongue, throat and lungs. This in turn, affects a person’s speech. A person suffering from dysarthria may have trouble making the shape for a particular sound to be articulated. This may lead to a distortion or substitution of sound. There are many different symptoms of dysarthria and someone may experience different ones depending on the severity of their condition. Some common symptoms are listed below:

What causes dysarthria?

There are a lot of different possible causes of dysarthria, as well as many different factors which can influence the severity of a person’s symptoms of dysarthria. Cerebral palsy, cranial nerve damage, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease are some of the conditions that may cause dysarthria.

How is dysarthria diagnosed?

Dysarthria is diagnosed by a team of medical professionals, and will include a speech and language therapist. Diagnosing a patient will take many different aspects into consideration and will be done soon after initial assessments have been done in hospital. The speech and language therapist is the main professional who is able to identify and give a diagnosis of dysarthria.

What problems caused by dysarthria can SLT UK help with?

SLT UK can help with many different aspects of dysarthria and will depend on the person’s ability, as well as the priority of what they wish to work on. Our speech and language therapists can help individuals who have dysarthria with attention and listening problems, communication problems, voice and speech problems.

Speech and language therapy may benefit any aspect of communication for individuals with dysarthria. Speech and language therapy may also increase confidence and self-esteem of the patient which will provide more social and work opportunities.

How does speech and language therapy help dysarthria?

Speech and language therapy can be helpful with a number of different aspects and symptoms of dysarthria. Things a therapist will work on with a client may include the following:

What would speech and language therapy treatment for dysarthria involve?

Speech and language therapy for dysarthria will involve an initial assessment to discover the next steps for treatment and to devise a speech and language therapy plan. After this, speech and language therapy may involve assessments, reviews, reports, therapy programmes, support groups, advice and education.


Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder resulting from a neurological problem and affects the muscles of the head, neck and face. Speech and language therapy can be very beneficial. Each person’s treatment will be tailored to their own specific needs and motivations. An initial assessment will be done to assess what route of therapy to take.

If you feel you may benefit from speech and language therapy or would like any more information on our services please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0330 088 5643.

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