Neurological disorders

Facts and tips

Dysarthria is a speech disorder that can result from neurological illness, and can involve deficits in vocal quality, breath control, loudness level, and articulation.

Speaking more slowly can help your oral muscles keep up with your thoughts and give you time to monitor yourself as you speak.

Your speech and voice skills can fluctuate with your general health.

Ask someone close to you for feedback on your speech and voice.

People who have suffered a stroke or head injury, or who have neurological degenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease can experience speech, voice, or language difficulty in addition to multiple other symptoms. Deficits may include:

  • A weak voice
  • Reduced loudness level
  • Slurred speech
  • Abnormally slow or fast speech rate
  • Word errors or deletions
  • Grammar errors

With a perceptual-acoustic speech-voice evaluation, I can identify your speech, voice, and language limitations, and determine how they impact your speech intelligibility in order to help you rebuild skills for increased communicative success in your daily life. I am also a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program, designed to help people with Parkinson’s Disease.