Aphasia Communicating Through Barriers - Male
Aphasia Communicating Through the Barriers- Male
What is Aphasia? Aphasia is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. It’s most often caused by injury to parts of the brain that control speech and language resulting from a stroke. I need to communicate with someone who has aphasia. Keep it simple – speak in short, simple sentences. Be patient – allow plenty of time for a response. Talk with him/her not for him/her. Remove distractions – turn off radios and TVs. Be Creative – try writing, gesturing, pictures and communication tools like an iPad. Confirm – repeat back what you think he/she is saying.
People with Aphasia
- Communicate differently, but they are as smart as they were before.
- Their hearing is fine; speaking loudly does not help.
- Aphasia is not contagious! To talk to people with aphasia, you’ll just have to communicate differently.
I have aphasia. Take your time – Remember it may take a while to get the words out. Let People know what works best for you – do you want a question asked in multiple ways? Let them know. Use assistive devices – Bring photos, diagrams, pen and paper, etc. Getting frustrated is okay – Don’t blame yourself if you get stuck or stumble on your words. Be patient with yourself as you find what works.
If you get stuck, you can:
- Admit you’re struggling.
- Recap what you have discussed so far.
- Decide whether to carry on or come back to it later.
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Together to End Stroke National Aphasia Association Learn more at StrokeAssociation.org/aphasia and Aphasia.org