My Speech – Dysarthria

There are a lot of things that can happen to your speech after a stroke.  It depends on where in the brain you stroked, how long it was before treatment, the severity of the stroke, etc.  Strokes are very individual.  I was diagnosed with Dysarthria.   I think this is what happens after a cerebellar injury.  Dysarthria is a motor problem.  This means that I have zero cognitive deficits so inside I’m normal but I have problems with pronunciation/articulation.  I speak a lot slower now,  I have problems in groups because of the volume of my voice.  I have less power to my voice.  Some sounds just don’t sound right because the coordination of all my muscles that produce sounds doesn’t work right.  Right after the stroke I was very ‘pitchy.’  Ever watch American Idol?  Now I understand what they mean when they say pitchy.  🙂  My voice was really high.  A lot higher than normal.  I used to have no inflection in my voice.  I was very monotone for a while.  I’m getting back my voice now.  I’m working on all these things in speech therapy.  The muscles of the voice are just like other muscles.  They’ll work better in time because the thing that controls them(the brain) is always undergoing changes.  However, you have to learn how to use these muscles properly.  You should never stop speech therapy if you have a speech disorder.  One major thing I’ve learned is that no matter what kind of speech disorder you have, you should learn how to breathe correctly using the diaphragm.  The diaphragm is a muscle, just like any other muscle, that controls your breathing and should be the foundation of your speech.  Any speech therapy you’re in should have a lot of focused diaphragmatic breathing exercises.  You should be taught to use the diaphragm in your speech.  If you’re not taught this, find someone else!  I like this post

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4 replies

  1. Hi Amy, My wife had a stroke and was pitchy also, then went to a whisper. Did you regain your voice ?

  2. Not only do I search for words, but I have a difficult time saying them. I have difficulty pronouncing words, and I speak very slowly but what bothers me the most is that the voice coming out of my mouth isn’t MY voice. It does not sound like me to me or to my family. My speech problems seem to get worse in the evening. I had my stroke on 4/6/16. I know every stroke/person are different but I wondering is this something that should get better with time?

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