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Helping someone with aphasia communicate

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Communication is a partnership. Both partners are responsible for making it work.

You may need to support the person so they can understand conversations and to get their messages across (their ideas, thoughts, feelings, and opinions). You can do this by:

Make sure the environment is right by

Help them understand what you are saying by

Help them communicate their message by

If they can't find a word, encourage them to describe it or to use a different word. If the person has trouble communicating a topic or word, tell them that you can come back to it later, perhaps when they are less tired.

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Written by speech-language therapists, Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2016.


See also:

Tips for better communication

Community groups for communication difficulties

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Review key: HISCD-79694