Aphasia Communication Tips

Communication after a stroke can be a tough task for everyone, especially when aphasia is part of the equation. It’s easy for both sides to become frustrated, impatient, and defeated. We have put together several resources to help alleviate some of that stress.

Other Aphasia Communication Tips

Using Yes or No Questions

Using yes/no questions can be a very effective and easy-to-use technique to help you communicate with a person with aphasia. Yes/no questions are often easier for the person to understand. They also do not require the person to produce a new word in order to answer the question. Using yes/no questions can be very helpful...

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Learn to Be Patient

When learning to communicate with someone with aphasia, there are many tips and techniques to learn. However, there is one point that is crucial to success regardless of what techniques you use: staying patient. Not only is it essential, it’s often the most difficult point. The first step in staying patient is to acknowledge and...

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Drawing to Communicate

Drawing can be a very helpful tool for both the person with aphasia and their communication partner. Someone with aphasia is often able to draw an idea or item even when they cannot think of the word. At the same time, drawings can be easier for a person with aphasia to understand than speech or...

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Eliminate Distractions

One strategy that can be simple and very helpful when communicating with someone with aphasia is eliminating distractions. Creating the best possible communication environment can make communication much more successful. Some ways that you can improve the environment include:   Minimize background noise. Turn off the TV and music. If you are outdoors in a...

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Use Apps to Communicate

As technology advances, people with aphasia and their loved ones have more options than ever to help them communicate. One resource that many people find helpful are apps. There are a variety of aphasia apps that can be helpful. Some are created specifically for people with aphasia. Others are more general apps that just happen...

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Use a Speech-Generating Device

Communication tips and techniques can make communication easier for many people with aphasia. However, some people with aphasia still struggle despite using the recommended techniques. If there is a gap between what someone wants to say and what they are able to say, an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device might be helpful. An AAC...

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What Not To Do

When communicating with someone with aphasia, sometimes what you don’t do is just as important as what you do. Despite good intentions, sometimes our first attempts are not always the best. Even though we want to improve our communication, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some things not to do:...

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Use Visual Aids

Visual aids can be one of the most effective tools to help people with aphasia communicate. People with aphasia often have difficulty with reading and writing in addition to speaking. Because of this, written text does not always help people with aphasia. However, most people with aphasia are able to recognize and use pictures and...

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Common Gestures to Use

Gestures are a great strategy to improve communication with a person with aphasia. They don’t require any special equipment or training, they are free, and they are always available. Both the person with aphasia and the caregiver or communication partner can use them to improve communication. Best of all, there are many common gestures that...

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