dys•ar•thria | dis-ahr-three-uh
Dysarthria is a speech disorder that most often presents as “slurred speech.” A person with dysarthria has the language to speak, but it’s difficult to understand due to muscle weakness or paralysis. Like other speech conditions, it can range from mild to severe. For some people, the severity can vary based on factors like fatigue or medications. In addition to the speech being slurred, it can also be at a faster or slower rate than usual, at a lower volume, or have an atypical rhythm.