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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 so they can understand conversations and to get 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 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 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 2020.


See also:

Tips for better communication

Community groups for communication difficulties

Page reference: 79695

Review key: HISCD-79694