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  • Your speech is controlled by the brain

  • The brain sends messages to the muscles in your face, lips, tongue, palate and voice box when you speak

  • Problems happen when there is damage to the nerves and muscles you need to speak

  • This makes the muscles weak

  • These problems might make your speech slow, slurred, quiet, jerky, too fast or unclear

  • Your speech might be hard to understand

  • This problem is called dysarthria (pronounced dis-ar-three-a)

  • Another speech problem happens when your brain can’t organise the sounds in a word
  • In this case the muscles are NOT weak

  • The brain finds it hard to send the right messages to organise the sounds in a word

  • This problem is called apraxia of speech (pronounced a-praks-ee-a)


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