Aphasia impacts everyone.
Knowing someone who suddenly can’t communicate in their usual way can be challenging for everyone. Making sense of aphasia and adjusting to the ongoing recovery will take 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.”
Here are some Top Tips for conversations with someone with aphasia. You might find them helpful.
- 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 diagrams and pictures
- Relax – try to be natural
- Ask the person with aphasia what helps them
- Reduce background noise – turn off radio, TV and be aware of noisy backgrounds
Getting your loved one home from hospital may be the first hurdle after a stroke or illness. Establishing a new routine and finding out about activities that can help to rebuild your lives maybe the next step. Find out about other events in the area and support in the area.
“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.”
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