Depending on the age and severity of the speech disorder, therapists will use a variety of techniques to help treat it. One technique a speech therapist might use is having their patient practice mouth movements in front of a mirror.
Practicing in front of a mirror is a great activity to do to improve slurred or slow speech (dysarthria disorders). This is because patients can see themselves as they talk to help visualize and correct any mistakes. People with dysarthria disorders have difficulty communicating because they have a weakness or inability to control the muscles used for speaking. Dysarthria is commonly caused by illnesses such as multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and stroke.
One mirror a speech therapist can use to help patients is the Ultra-Safe™ glassless free-standing mirror. These mirrors are designed with speech therapists and their patients in mind. Each one provides a distortion-free image, allowing the user to clearly see how they are using their mouth muscles as they talk. Ultra-Safe™ free standing glassless mirrors are a perfect glass alternative, as these mirrors are brighter than glass. This feature allows users to see themselves more clearly even in rooms that are not well lit. Being able to clearly see the tongue and jawline move is very important when it comes to improving communication. Having a word or letter next you while you practice can help you better pronounce them.
If you are a speech therapist and your patients have dysarthria, we recommend the Ultra-Safe™ glassless free-standing mirror. These mirrors help provide a clear image of the user to better improve communication.
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Article written by William Graves.