Managing Speaking Rate in Dysarthria The manipulation of speaking rate is often used as a strategy to improve speech intelligibility in persons with dysarthria. This is likely because it is the approach used by neurologically intact persons when we experience a breakdown in intelligibility or when we want our message to be understood clearly. Persons ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2002
Managing Speaking Rate in Dysarthria
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  • Vicki L. Hammen
    Arnett Clinic, Lafayette, IN
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Dysarthria / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2002
Managing Speaking Rate in Dysarthria
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 17-21. doi:10.1044/nnsld12.4.17
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 17-21. doi:10.1044/nnsld12.4.17
The manipulation of speaking rate is often used as a strategy to improve speech intelligibility in persons with dysarthria. This is likely because it is the approach used by neurologically intact persons when we experience a breakdown in intelligibility or when we want our message to be understood clearly. Persons without dysarthria will tend to self-regulate speaking rate, depending on the situation. In dysarthria, however, this self-regulation is often impaired. Thus, the clinician must provide the person with dysarthria with a systematic approach to reducing his or her speaking rate. This article will address the factors used in the selection of a rate control method, the types of rate control approaches available, and the impact of rate control on speech production. The article includes both evidence from the research literature and the opinions of experts in the field.
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