Aphasia impacts everyone.
Suddenly losing your ability to communicate can be challenging for families and friends.
Making sense of aphasia and adjusting to the ongoing recovery takes time.
“Living with someone with aphasia has been very frustrating. Don’t take me the wrong way it’s frustrating for them. Seeing the difficulty in finding a word then trying to find the next word to make a sentence can be heart breaking… I have and really tried to have fun with this everyday.”
Tried and Tested Top Tips chatting with someone with aphasia.
- Use pen and paper to write down key words
- Don’t pretend you understand – be honest if you get lost in a conversation
- Recap – check you both understand
- Say one thing at a time and be aware of changing topics too quickly
- Maybe slow down your talking – but not patronising
- Draw pictures and use photographs.
- Relax – be natural
- Use humour
- Ask the person with aphasia what helps them
- Reduce background noise – turn off radio, TV and be aware of noisy backgrounds
“I believe it’s all about being active and gaining confidence. To be able to go to clubs, societies, gym, sports groups, Even just to pop into town on his own and buy a latte is absolutely invaluable. While not able to work, having tasks, chores and people to meet all add to growing in confidence and having a purpose.”
Photos courtesy of Paula Fernley photography.