I started speech therapy again today. I do therapy at a university so I follow a college schedule. I’ve said before that the absolute number one thing that bothers me is my speech. Don’t get me wrong, lots of things bother me and I wish a lot was different but the speech disorder bothers me most of all. If I could talk normally this whole thing would be A LOT easier to handle. I have dysarthria so the coordination of the muscles that produce my speech are messed up. I have no difficulty in finding the right word to say, that’s a whole other problem. When I say a word, it sounds weird. But it’s the right word. Today in speech therapy something was brought to my attention. I have no trouble at all saying a singular word or doing specific tasks. It’s when I speak in a conversation that my problems begin. So what happens when I shift to a conversation? Any speech therapists want to weigh in? They’re going to look at that more closely this semester. Since this post is named conversation, here’s a conversation topic for you……that reminds me of Linda Richman on SNL saying “I’m getting verklempt, speak amongst yourselves, here i’ll give you a topic…..discuss.” Well here’s your topic…I was told in speech therapy that the word ‘buttercup’ encompasses all the principles of speech. I probably said that wrong, I was told something like that. Anyway…..discuss!
- What is Mixed Dysarthria and Can I Get Disability If I Have It? (socialsecurityhome.com)
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