Tips for better communication

  • Relax and let the Person with Aphasia know you can give them time

  • Reduce background noise if possible

  • Check if you need paper, pen, IPad or communication book

  • Make sure you have the persons attention

  • Maintain eye contact

  • Use a natural voice volume - do not shout

  • One person talking at once works best

  • Speak slowly using simple adult language - do not talk down to someone with Aphasia

  • Ask one question at a time

  • Emphasise key words or write them down

  • Give the Person with Aphasia time to respond - Resist offering words or speaking for them. Understand that finding the right words can be very frustrating

  • Listen carefully to see if you can follow what the Person with Aphasia is saying

  • If unsure - tell them. Don't guess or assume the answer

  • Use pictures, drawings, writing, gestures and facial expressions to aid communication

  • Offer written choices for answers 

  • Ask Yes/No questions

  • Stop regularly and recap to check you are both on track

  • Don't expect perfect communication

  • Encourage interaction in all situations - do not avoid People with Aphasia or ignore them in group settings.  Seek them out and find common interests for conversation

  • Involve People with Aphasia in planning and decision making. Keep it simple

  • Encourage independence

  • Be respectful - People with Aphasia have difficulty communicating - they do not lack intelligence

  • Give it a go - most People with Aphasia want to talk

We are all different and no two People with Aphasia are the same

We all need to communicate and

it is extremely important for

someone who has lost the ability

to communicate successfully to

have the opportunity to do so

Here are some suggestions

to help you communicate with 

a Person with Aphasia

If you have any tips for communicating with
a Person with Aphasia please
send them to us on the
contact page so we may
include them here
Thank you to
TAAD - The Aphasia Awareness Delegation for allowing us to publish some of their tips on Aphasia communication