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Helping someone with aphasia communicate

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Using a photo album to help with communicationCommunication is a partnership. Both partners are responsible for making it work.

You may need to support the person you are communicating with. They may need help understanding conversations. They may also need help getting their ideas, thoughts, feelings and opinions across. You can do this by:

Make sure the environment is right

Help them understand you

Help them communicate their message

If they cannot 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 you can come back to it later. It might be easier when they are less tired.

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Written by speech-language therapists, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Waitaha Canterbury. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2023.


See also:

Community groups for communication difficulties

Communication strategies

Tips for better communication

Page reference: 79695

Review key: HISCD-79694