Dysarthria: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Yoga and Exercise

  • Blowing bubbles is a beneficial exercise for breath control and for pursing the lips, which are both needed for speech articulation.
  • Using a straw not only works on your sucking skills, but also requires you to purse your lips. Start with thin liquids like water or juice and gradually work your way to something thicker like a milkshake. 
  • Spread peanut butter on your lips, from one side of your mouth to the other, and try to lick it off. This forces your tongue to reach from side-to-side to remove it from your lips. 
  • If you have a swallowing problem, do not perform either of these exercises.

Home Remedies

Avoid talking in noisy environments. If possible, move away from the noise source before you start talking

  • Communicate face to face if possible
  • Provide some context before you start talking, especially if you’re switching topics
  • Try writing or pointing to the first letter of each word as you say it
  • Consider using the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) to communicate by phone
  • Carry a pencil and small pad of paper with you, so you can write your message if necessary
  • Ask people to be patient with you

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