Communication Tips for Caregivers of People with Aphasia

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I receive a quarterly publication of our national association (American Speech-Language Hearing Association).  When I see something that catches my eye on aphasia, I like to repost it.  I recently came across this information from a previous publication.   Communication Tips for Caregivers of people with aphasia:  Be a partner- not a therapist.  Speak at a normal rate with pauses at the end of sentences.  Avoid “baby talk”.  Provide choices to get into the right category.  Be willing to accept any form of communication- gestures, writing, drawing, or speech.  And my favorite…Make sure you sit down at least once a day and have a casual conversation with your partner.  This is especially is important because it is common for a person suffering from aphasia to feel isolated.  Remember the person didn’t change, just their ability to communicate.

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