Apraxia of Speech & Dysarthria
Dysarthria: People with dysarthria experience “slurred” or “mumbled” speech due to limited lip, tongue and jaw movement. There may be changes in pitch, or vocal quality (there may be hoarseness or breathiness).
Apraxia: People with apraxia know what they want to say but have difficulty with the complex neurological coordination of the muscle movements required to say individual speech sounds. People with apraxia have difficulty producing and imitating speech sounds. The errors can include sound distortions, omissions, and substitutions and the error patterns are inconsistent.
Dysarthria and Apraxia therapy improves coordination of speech with the goal to improve speech intelligibility and independence with communicative tasks.