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.
About the author
Kim Robbins is a Speech-Language Pathologist that has been providing face-to-face aphasia therapy to stroke survivors and brain injury victims for over 17 years. She has a strong passion for working with these individuals, and her personal mission is to make their road to recovery easier.
She personally developed the Communication Partner therapy DVDs to help make speech therapy more accessible and affordable for stroke survivors.