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Dysarthria and Apraxia 

Dysarthria and apraxia are two different conditions that can affect a person's ability to produce speech and communicate effectively.

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that is caused by damage to the muscles and nerves used for speech. It can affect a person's ability to produce clear and distinct sounds, and can cause their speech to be slow, slurred, or difficult to understand.

Apraxia, on the other hand, is a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to plan and coordinate the movements needed for speech. This can cause a person to have difficulty producing specific sounds, words, or phrases, and can make their speech halting or hesitant.

 

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What should you expect?

We will complete an assessment and interview to determine the nature of your motor speech disorder. Working together we can develop a treatment plan that is centered on your priorities.

 

Speech pathologists can use a variety of techniques and strategies to help individuals with dysarthria and apraxia improve their speech and communication abilities. This may include:

  • Exercises to improve breath control and vocal strength: By strengthening the muscles used for speech, individuals with dysarthria and apraxia can improve their ability to produce clear and distinct sounds (Rosenbek et al., 1996).

  • Strategies for improving clarity and intelligibility: Speech-language pathologists can teach individuals with dysarthria and apraxia techniques for making their speech more clear and understandable, such as speaking more slowly and enunciating words clearly (Gierut, 2015).

  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC): For individuals with severe dysarthria and apraxia, it may be difficult for them to produce speech that is understandable. In these cases, speech-language pathologists can provide guidance on using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods, such as communication boards or speech-generating devices, to help individuals express themselves and communicate effectively (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2013).

Overall, the goal of treatment for dysarthria and apraxia is to improve an individual's speech and communication abilities, and to help them communicate more effectively. By working with a speech-language pathologist, individuals with these conditions can improve their quality of life and better manage their condition.

References:

  • Beukelman, D. R., & Mirenda, P. (2013). Augmentative and alternative communication: supporting children and adults with complex communication needs (4th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

  • Gierut, J. A. (2015). Treating speech sound disorders in children: A systematic approach to treatment (4th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

  • Rosenbek, J. C., Wertz, R. T., Woods, D. L., & Kahlaoui, K. (1996). Apraxia of speech: diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. In J. L. Darley, M. Aronson, & N. Chasin (Eds.), The voice and voice therapy (pp. 277-292). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

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