It turns out that aphasia-friendly communication tips are just good communication. The ideas we’ve listed below can be used in any communication situation.
What Are Aphasia-Friendly Communication Tips?
What is the best way to communicate with someone who has aphasia?
These communication tips are good advice for conversations with any person, though they’re particularly helpful when speaking with someone who has aphasia.
Be patient and allow plenty of time for a response.
Make sure you’re speaking with, and not for, the person.
Use simple, short sentences. You don’t need to raise your voice; just speak at a normal volume.
Go somewhere quiet to speak so there are fewer distractions, and make sure you have the person’s attention before you begin.
Use gestures, pictures, or tools such as digital communication apps.
Also, some people communicate better by writing things out with pen and paper.
Phrase questions so people can give yes or no answers. They may want to use a thumbs up or thumbs down gesture.
If the person doesn’t understand the words you’re using, choose other ones. There is usually more than one way to say something.
Confirm what you think the person has said by repeating it back.
Once again, take your time. It’s frustrating to feel rushed when you’re struggling to speak.
The National Aphasia Association can help you learn more communication tips.
Go to aphasia.org for more information and resources.