Communication Tips

For the Person with Aphasia



  • Get rid of distractions. For example, turn off the T.V.
  • Look at the speaker and watch their mouth.
  • Watch the speaker's gestur​​es and face for clues.
  • If you don't understand, ask the speaker to "Say that again".


Ask the speaker to:

  • speak slowly.
  • repeat the message or say it in a different way.
  • show you what he means.
  • write down the message.


Image of message outbox  TO GET YOUR MESSAGE OUT CLEARLY


  • Take your time.
  • If you can't find the exact word, talk around the word.
  • Use any means to get your message across.
    • GESTURE.
    • DRAW.
    • WRITE the first letter of a word.
  • Use a communication book to find information.
  • Ask your partner if he understands you. Ask "Did you Understand?"

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