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  • Cheryl16

    How does it effect speach?

  • MS_Navigator_Robin
    Hi there,

    This information is from the Speech and Voice Problems page on our website. 

    Speech disorders are fairly common in MS. Speech patterns are controlled by many areas in the brain, especially the brainstem. Lesions (damaged areas) in different parts of the brain can cause several types of changes in normal speech patterns. They range from mild difficulties to severe problems that make it difficult to speak and be understood. Medically, speech disorders are called dysarthrias.

    The speech page goes on to explain that speech changes can include long pauses in speech, or slurred or nasal sounding speech.  Speech/Language Pathologists can evaluate and help to improve speech patterns, enunciation and oral communication in general.