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What is dysarthria?

  • Dysarthria is a word we use to describe problems with speechIt can affect people following a stroke or if they have a neurological disease such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or motor neurone disease (MND). 
  • It affects people in many different ways but typically makes it harder to produce clear speech sounds. 
  • In everyday conversation this can mean that other people may find it hard to understand, particularly if there is a lot of background noise.
  • This can be frustrating for people with dysarthria but also those with whom they are trying to communicate. For this reason it is helpful not see dysarthria as just a problem affecting speech but also something that can impact on conversation and social interaction.

Who is this website for?

  • Health and social care professionals who work with people with dysarthria
  • People with dysarthria
  • Families and friends of people with dysarthria 
  • Researchers interested in dysarthria in conversation

What is this website for?

As part of UCL's Better Conversations initiative, this site aims to provide a central reference point for people to share ideas and learn more about dysarthria in conversation, both in terms of practical support and research findings.

On the left side of this site you'll see links to different areas of dysarthria in conversation. The 'profiling' and 'ideas' are particularly helpful for understanding what this  initiative is all about.

You can also watch Steven Bloch talking about the importance of conversation and interaction in speech and language therapy: