What is dysarthria?
“Dysarthria” is characterized by poor motor planning, programming and/or movement of speech muscles. Signs of dysarthria may include:
- Running out of breath while speaking
- Slurred or staccato sounds
- Monotone voice
- Voice too high or too low, too loud or too quiet
- Hoarse, breathy voice
- Unable to move lips or tongue
- Difficulty swallowing
Dysarthria is often the result of a stroke, but can also be caused by brain injury, degenerative disease (Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis), infection (meningitis), brain tumours or toxins (drug or alcohol abuse, carbon monoxide).