Using videos and case studies, this session explores clinical methods for using physical and behavioral observations to evaluate adults for dysarthria. Accurate differential diagnosis of dysarthria can help clinicians diagnose neurological conditions and aid speech-language pathologists and patients in managing these conditions.
You will be able to
- use the ICF framework to characterize the purposes and levels of dysarthria assessment
- elicit speech, speech-like, and non-speech behaviors sensitive to neurologic impairment
- formulate a differential diagnosis of dysarthria based on speech and non-speech observations
- identify appropriate treatment targets based on observations
- Guiding Framework
- Dysarthria Assessment for Differential Diagnosis
- Speech Functions
- Speech-Like Functions
- Nonspeech Functions
- Differential Diagnosis
- Management Planning
- Outcome Assessment
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.
To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by
June 18, 2025.
Heather Clark, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a senior associate
consultant of speech pathology in the Department of
Neurology and associate professor of speech pathology
at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her clinical
responsibilities include differential diagnosis of
communication and swallowing disorders in adults and
children. Over the past two decades, her research has
included a review of neuromuscular treatments, drawing
heavily from the literature of related disciplines,
including exercise physiology and physical
rehabilitation. Prior to returning to full-time clinical
practice, she taught graduate-level courses in motor
speech disorders, aphasia, and dysphagia. She also
supervised clinical practicums in university, hospital,
outpatient, and long-term care facilities.
- Senior associate consultant and associate professor at the Mayo Clinic
- Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
- No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation
Program History and CE Information
Original start date: November 26, 2014
End date: June 18, 2025
This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
You may also be interested in Treating Dysarthria in Adults, available in the ASHA Learning Pass or for a la carte purchase in the ASHA Store.