There are many types of dysarthria which often time may be misperceived as apraxia of speech. A thorough assessment is needed to accurately diagnose the problem. Our assessment will take into account the underlying medical diagnosis and thorough evaluation of the 5 main components of speech production which include breathing, voicing, articulation, nasality and speech quality.
We treat motor speech disorders according to the types that it is presented as this will ensure better treatment outcome bearing in mind that there are specific exercises for each type of the motor speech disorders. Treatment may include one or a combination of the following approaches:
- PROMPT for dyspraxia
- Lee Silverman Voice Therapy
- Specific therapy exercises for specific types of motor speech disorders
- Compensatory strategies to improve on speech productions (This is often time useful especially when muscles are still weak and still undergoing therapy)
- Prosthetic management
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication