7 tips to help you communicate when you have dysarthria
These 7 simple tips will improve how you communicate with others if you have dysarthria, which is a weakness of the muscles used for speech.
1. Face the person you are talking to
By facing the person you are talking to and making eye contact, it allows people to see your mouth moving and facial expression as indicators of what you are saying.
2. Avoid background noises
Turn off any televisions, radios or other noise sources which may be distracting for the person you are talking to.
3. Move closer to the person you are talking to
By moving closer to the person you are talking to they will be able to hear you better and also see your mouth clearer.
4. Speak more slowly and emphasise your words
By talking slower it gives your tongue and lips more time to move to the right place and by emphasising your words it makes the muscles work harder.
5. Only repeat what is needed
When you are asked to repeat yourself, only repeat the part of the sentence the other person has not understood, as otherwise the same words may still not be clear.
6. Use shorter sentences
By using shorting sentences you are less likely to run out of breath and avoid the sentence ‘trailing off’.
7. Always start your sentence on a good breath
By breathing in and taking your time before starting a sentence it gives power to your voice.