For People with Aphasia

Living with Aphasia recognises the impact that losing language has on your life. 

James and family people with aphasia

We understand that hobbies and social activities can be VERY challenging!

We know that conversations with friends can be tricky.

We know about the sudden mystery of reading a newspaper.

But remember

You know what you think and feel but just can’t get the words

You can make your own decisions

You are still an intelligent person

It is possible to live a good life with aphasia

Getting support and inspiration from others is important too. 

Listen to Emily’s inspirational words after her stroke at 24 years of age.

Read about the blog of Sandhy’s life with Aphasia

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Here are other tips that people have found helpful: 

Say one thing at a time

Don’t rush – slow down

Draw diagrams and pictures

Write down key words

Talking can be frustrating so relax!

Find activities that do not rely on language – try dominoes, cards, sudoku or jigsaw puzzles.

Have a go at listening to audiobooks – you can get these from the library.

Find quiet corners for conversation – turn off distracting televisions or radios.

An iPhone may help to get a message across with photos, maps or diary dates.

An iPad can be useful. The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia has therapy software apps and programs.

Do discuss all this with your speech and language therapist, your friends and family.

Check out the Support in your Area or What is Aphasia page for links to other websites.

Make use of our free “Emergency Aphasia Card” for those challenging communication situations.