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Dysarthria Treatment Programs

Dysarthria, characterised by slurred or slow speech due to muscle weakness, can be a challenging and frustrating condition. Our Dysarthria Treatment program focuses on improving speech intelligibility and respiratory control. We begin with a comprehensive assessment to evaluate speech clarity, breath support, and muscle strength. Based on this assessment, we create a customised therapy plan that includes exercises to strengthen speech muscles, techniques to enhance articulation, and strategies to control the rate of speech.

We also provide assistive technology options for those with severe dysarthria, facilitating effective communication. Our approach is holistic, encompassing not only speech improvement but also emotional support, as coping with dysarthria can be emotionally taxing. We strive to empower our clients with the skills and confidence needed to communicate more clearly and effectively in their everyday lives.

At LEAP Centre, we are committed to providing compassionate and specialised speech therapy services for adults. Our team of skilled speech therapists is dedicated to helping each client overcome challenges and improve their communication abilities. Contact us to learn more about how we can support you or your loved ones on the journey to better speech and language.

Dysarthria Treatment at LEAP Centre

Welcome to LEAP Centre’s Dysarthria Treatment services. Dysarthria is speech condition that affects the muscles used for speech production, resulting in difficulties with articulation, resonance, phonation, and prosody. Dysarthria results in weak imprecise articulation. Our specialised dysarthria treatment programs are designed to address the unique needs of each client, helping them improve speech intelligibility, increase clarity, and enhance overall communication effectiveness.

Symptoms of Dysarthria

Dysarthria can occur as a result of various neurological conditions or injuries that affect the nervous system, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and motor neuron diseases. The specific symptoms and severity of dysarthria vary depending on the underlying cause and the extent of muscle weakness, coordination difficulties, or sensory impairments involved.

Common symptoms of dysarthria may include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Imprecise articulation
  • Weak or breathy voice
  • Hypernasality or hyponasality
  • Monotone or variable pitch
  • Reduced speech rate or rapid speech
  • Difficulty controlling loudness

Our Approach to Dysarthria Treatment

At LEAP Centre, we take a comprehensive and individualised approach to dysarthria treatment, tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of each client. Our team of speech-language pathologists is experienced in working with individuals with dysarthria and employs evidence-based techniques and strategies to maximise communication outcomes.

Comprehensive Assessment

We begin the dysarthria treatment process with a thorough assessment of the client's speech production abilities, including their oral motor functioning, articulation, voice quality, resonance, and prosody. We also evaluate any underlying neurological conditions, motor impairments, or sensory deficits that may be contributing to the dysarthria. This assessment helps us identify the specific areas of difficulty and develop a targeted treatment plan.

Individualised Treatment Plans

Based on the assessment findings and the client's specific goals and preferences, we develop individualised treatment plans tailored to their needs. Treatment plans may include a combination of the following approaches:

  • Speech Therapy Exercises: We use a variety of speech therapy exercises and drills to target specific speech production skills, such as articulation, phonation, resonance, and prosody. These exercises may include repetitive practice of speech sounds, strengthening exercises for the muscles used in speech production, and exercises to improve breath support and control.
  • Compensatory Strategies: We teach clients compensatory strategies to improve speech intelligibility and effectiveness. These strategies may include techniques such as exaggerating speech movements, slowing down speech rate, increasing vocal effort, and using clear and exaggerated articulation patterns.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): In cases where verbal communication is severely impaired, we may introduce AAC systems, such as communication boards, speech-generating devices, or mobile applications, to support communication needs and enhance functional communication abilities.
  • Environmental Modifications: We work with clients and their caregivers to identify and implement environmental modifications that can facilitate effective communication, such as reducing background noise, using visual cues or gestures, and modifying communication partners' speaking rate and complexity.

Family and Caregiver Involvement

We recognise the importance of involving family members and caregivers in the dysarthria treatment process. We provide education, training, and support to help family members and caregivers understand the nature of dysarthria, learn communication strategies, and provide ongoing support to the client at home and in the community.

Benefits of Dysarthria Treatment

Participating in dysarthria treatment at LEAP Centre can lead to numerous benefits, including:

  • Improved speech intelligibility and clarity
  • Increased vocal strength and endurance
  • Enhanced communication confidence and effectiveness
  • Improved quality of life and overall well-being
  • Greater independence in daily communication activities

Get Started Today

If you or someone you know is living with dysarthria and seeking support to improve speech production and communication skills, LEAP Centre is here to help. Our experienced speech-language pathologists are dedicated to providing high-quality, individualised dysarthria treatment services to help clients achieve their communication goals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our dysarthria treatment programs. We look forward to supporting you on your journey to improved communication and enhanced quality of life.

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Frequently Asked Question

What services do you offer?

We offer a comprehensive range of therapy services, including occupational therapyspeech therapy, and physiotherapy. Each service is tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients, ranging from developmental therapies for children to rehabilitation and support for adults. We also offer programs such as group sessions, individual sessions, and intensive therapy blocks.

If you or your family member is facing challenges with speech, mobility, daily activities, or other areas of physical and cognitive function, therapy might be beneficial. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our specialists for a professional assessment and personalised recommendations. Please submit your enquiry form to book the consultation. 

Our clinic provides services for all age groups. We have specialised programs for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, ensuring age-appropriate and effective therapy for every client.

Therapy sessions are scheduled based on the individual needs and availability of our clients. Each session typically consists of 45 minutes of direct therapy followed by client/family feedback and therapist documentation/planning.

Our therapists are highly qualified and licensed professionals. They hold degrees in their respective fields and have undergone extensive training and certification. Continuous education is a priority for our team, ensuring we stay updated with the latest therapy techniques and research.

Yes, we actively collaborate with schools, physicians, and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to our clients’ care. This multidisciplinary collaboration is essential for holistic treatment planning and effective outcomes. Contact us to collaborate with us! 

Our approach is client-centered, evidence-based, and holistic. We focus on understanding each client’s unique needs and goals, and we tailor our therapy plans accordingly. We emphasise a collaborative approach involving the client, their family, and other professionals as needed.

We accept NDIS funding, private health, medicare, and private pay. For all NDIS self-managed or private paying clients, payment is required on the day of your session. Our administrative team can assist you in understanding your benefits and navigating the billing process. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

Yes we do! In addition to clinic-based sessions, we also offer therapy in the home, daycare settings, or at schools. Sessions outside of the clinic incur a travel fee consistent with the NDIS travel rate guide. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

We welcome and value your feedback. You can provide feedback directly to your therapist, through our reception, or by emailing We are committed to continuous improvement and take your insights seriously.

Absolutely. We understand the importance of a good therapist-client match and will facilitate a change if needed to ensure the best therapeutic experience and outcome.

Getting started is easy. Simply contact us via phone, email, or our website to schedule an initial consultation. During this session, we will discuss your needs and create a personalised therapy plan.

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