Dysarthria following stroke: the patient’s perspective on management and rehabilitation

Marian C. Brady*, Alexander M. Clark, Sylvia Dickson, Gillian Paton, Rosaline S. Barbour

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The aim of this study was to explore the perceptions of people with stroke-related dysarthria in relation to the management and rehabilitation of dysarthria. Participants described the considerable efforts they made to maximize their communicative effectiveness prior to, and during, communicative interactions. Activities described included careful articulation and vocal projection as well as more inconspicuous strategies including pre-planning interactions, focused, effortful speech and word substitution. Communication was facilitated by a range of strategies including drafting, rehearsal, manoeuvring and ongoing monitoring and repair. Self-led speech rehabilitation activities were functionally based and often undertaken regularly. Some novel reading-aloud and speaking-aloud activities were described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-952
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Issue number10
Early online date5 Jul 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • stroke
  • dysarthria
  • rehabilitation


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