The Caregiver's Journey

Dysarthria

Dysarthia means having a hard time using the muscles needed to form words and produce sounds.

What you might see:

  • Speech is often slow, slurred, and garbled
  • Problems with intonation or inflection

How you can help:

  • The speech language pathologist will prescribe exercises to improve the muscles used in speaking. Over time, these exercises will make your family member’s speech more clear. Help him or her to do these exercises properly and regularly.
  • Allow ample time for your service member/veteran to express him or herself.
  • Encourage him or her to take time to speak. 
  • Inform those around your service member/veteran about the diagnosis so they, too, allow the person time to express him or herself.