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Helping someone with dysarthria communicate

Te āwhina i tangata me ngā raru kōrero kia whakawhitiwhiti

Using gesture to help communicateThere are various strategies you can use when you are communicating with someone with dysarthria.

Some of the following strategies may be useful for a person with dysarthria. Ask their speech-language therapist what you should encourage the person with dysarthria to do.

Speak slowly.

Speak loudly ("think loud").

Exaggerate the sounds in each word.

Use gesture, pointing or writing.

Use their communication chart or device.

Written by speech-language therapists, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Waitaha Canterbury. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2023.


See also:

Tips for better communication

Page reference: 121791

Review key: HISCD-79694