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Comprehensibility of Dysarthric Speech
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Tutorial   |   February 1996
Comprehensibility of Dysarthric Speech
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology February 1996, Vol.5, 55-66. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0501.55
History: Accepted 10 Oct 1995 , Received 21 Apr 1995
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology February 1996, Vol.5, 55-66. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0501.55
History: Accepted 10 Oct 1995 , Received 21 Apr 1995

This paper describes the concept of comprehensibility and how it is an important construct in the assessment and treatment of dysarthric speech. Intelligibility and comprehensibility are differentiated in terms of their definition, measurement, and approaches to treatment. Specifically, comprehensibility is defined within the World Health Organization model of chronic disease as a factor in disability affecting speech performance in physical and/or social contexts. The literature related to comprehensibility of dysarthric speech is reviewed. Clinical approaches to improving comprehensibility, including issues of candidacy, intervention planning, and treatment approaches, are discussed.

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