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Symptoms of Dysarthria

Symptoms of dysarthria may include:

  • Speech that's slurred, jerky, or garbled and difficult to produce and/or understand
  • Problems controlling pitch, loudness, and rhythm when speaking
  • Slow speech or rapid, mumbled speech
  • Speaking softly or barely able to whisper
  • Limited ability to move the tongue, lips, and jaw
  • Changes in the voice quality (nasal, hoarse, or stuffy)
  • Chewing and swallowing problems
  • Drooling or poor control of saliva