Treating Dysarthria Sometimes, treating the underlying cause of a patient's dysarthria may return speech to normal. Depending on the severity and extent of the symptoms, a speech-language pathologist may recommend treatment, which can include: Exercises that can be used to strengthen the mouth and face muscles Learning new ways of breaking up words or making sounds Developing strategies to help compensate for symptoms (i.e., frequent pauses for breath, over-articulation or sounds and words, and pauses before important words) Easy Things You Can Do to Help Someone with Dysarthria Give the person ample time to speak. Keep the conversation going, even if some words are unclear. Ask the person to repeat only the words that you figure out. Encourage the person to use short phrases. Encourage gestures, facial expressions, and writing, as well as speaking. Gentle reminders to slow down may be useful. Refrain from pointing out mistakes or asking the person to correct speech. Face the person when you are talking. Reduce background noise in the room. If the person wears dentures, make sure that they are in and fitting properly.