|If patient is thought to be normal, an adequate sample of speech much be obtained by asking the patient to repeat words from the attached list. If the patient has severe aphasia, the clarity of articulation of spontaneous speech can be rated. Only if the patient is intubated or has other physical barriers to producing speech, the examiner should record the scored as untestable (UN), and clearly write and explanation for this choice. Do not tell the patient why he or she is being tested.
|0 = Normal.
|1 = Mild-to-moderate dysarthria; patient slurs at least some words and, at worst, can be understood with some difficulty.
|2 = Severe dysarthria; patient's speech is so slurred as to be unintelligible in the absence and out of proportion to any dysphasia, or is mute/anarthric.
|UN = Intubated or other physical barrier, explain.