Long-Term Treatment of Severe Dysarthria A Case Study Reports
Reports  |   November 01, 1988
Long-Term Treatment of Severe Dysarthria
 
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Reports   |   November 01, 1988
Long-Term Treatment of Severe Dysarthria
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1988, Vol. 53, 433-440. doi:10.1044/jshd.5304.433
History: Received June 15, 1987 , Accepted November 29, 1987
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1988, Vol. 53, 433-440. doi:10.1044/jshd.5304.433
History: Received June 15, 1987; Accepted November 29, 1987

This case study describes the long-term treatment and changing symptoms in a single subject with dysarthria secondary to basilar artery thrombosis. Initially, the subject was anarthric. Treatment efforts thereafter were directed toward modifying speech respiration, velopharyngeal function, articulatory precision, speech intensity, and speech intelligibility. A variety of treatment and measurement techniques are illustrated. The behavioral change resulting from each of the treatments was small. However, when combined, these small gains in conjunction with some neurological recovery resulted in significantly improved communication and quality of life for this subject. Implications for management Of similar subjects are discussed.

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