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Speech and communication problems

Not everyone with MND experiences problems with speech, but for some people muscles in the mouth, throat and chest are affected. Physical impairment can also impact on communication through gesture and facial expression.

Whatever your needs, there are communication aids that can assist. If you are concerned, please contact our helpline, MND Connect. You can get in touch by telephone, email or letter. They can provide information and support, or signpost you to other services.


Information for download

  • Section 8: Speech and communication (203kb)
    This is an extracted section from the Living with motor neurone disease guide. It is designed to help people understand how the disease may affect their ability to communicate and what can help.
  • Living with motor neurone disease (1188kb)
    Our main guide for people with MND, providing an overview of the disease and how to manage its impact. This can be downloaded or ordered as a printed pack with additional items from our helpline, MND Connect. The guide has been developed to help people with MND achieve the best possible quality of life from diagnosis onwards. It includes top tips, directions to further information and details about accessing support services. (Code: LW002)
  • 7A – Swallowing difficulties
    Information to help people with MND manage concerns about swallowing difficulties, saliva, coughing and choking, should these occur.
  • What should you expect from your care?
    Our pocket sized booklet to support discussions with health and social care professionals. This may help lead to better outcomes for treatment and care with MND and contains the main points from the NICE guideline on motor neurone disease. NICE guidelines are produced by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, providing recommendations to help professionals support specific conditions, such as MND.

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