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Symptom: Poorly articulated, slurred, hypophonic speech

Treatment

Interventions:

  • Referral to S/LP for assessment as soon as changes are noted or reported; exercise program; training with augmentative or alternative communication devices, if needed

Psychosocial Implication

  • Slurring can be misinterpreted as drunkenness or lack of intelligence
  • Slow, slurred, and/or dysphonic speech interferes with communication and interactions, and increases the risk of isolation

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