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Helping someone with dysarthria communicate

General advice

Specific advice

Some of the following strategies may be useful. Ask the 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 community speech-language therapists, Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2016.

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Tips for better communication

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Page reference: 121791

Review key: HISCD-79694