What do I need to know about caring for someone with dysarthria?

For individuals with dysarthria, difficulty communicating can strain relationships with friends and family, make social situations uncomfortable, and may even lead to depression. If you are caring for someone with dysarthria, your patience and support is critical to easing the anxiety and frustration he or she may feel. Engage the person in conversation as you would normally and make eye contact as he or she speaks. Create an environment free from background noise and distractions. Do not finish their sentences, but let them know if you can't understand them. Finally, help the person converse freely by creating a book of words or pictures and keeping paper and pencils available in case your loved one needs them.

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