What are the treatment options for dysarthria?

Dysarthria treatment varies based on the condition's severity and underlying cause. If the underlying cause can be treated, the treatment for that condition may be sufficient to treat dysarthria symptoms. If certain medications are the cause, switching medications may help. If dysarthria is associated with a degenerative disease like Parkinson's disease, controlling the disease's progression is critical. In most cases, a speech-language pathologist will work to correct articulation problems through exercises that strengthen the muscles involved in speech. Oral motor therapy and respiratory effort therapy can also help.

A person with dysarthria can do exercises to help increase strength and endurance in the muscles used for speech. The therapist will also provide instruction on how to improve enunciation, such as by speaking more slowly or taking deeper breaths before speaking.

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