What can family members do for a loved one with aphasia?

Family members need to be involved with their loved one with aphasia in order to learn how best to communicate with them.

Family members can:

  • Go to speech-language therapy sessions with their loved one.
  • Speak in short simple sentences.
  • Ask questions that can be answered with “yes” or “no”.
  • Repeat or rephrase their language as needed (to be more easily understood by the person with aphasia).
  • Include their loved one in conversations.
  • Turn down the volume on the TV/radio and get rid of other distractions when talking.
  • Give their loved one time to speak on their own.
  • Try not to correct the person’s speech or answer questions for them (unless the person with aphasia is looking for help).
  • Encourage the use of other means of communicating, including gestures, pictures, pointing, drawing, electronic devices.
  • Help your loved one find support groups (stroke clubs or aphasia support groups). Attend meetings with them.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/09/2019.

References

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. National Institutes of Health. Aphasia. Accessed 6/4/2019.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. National Institutes of Health. Aphasia Information Page. Accessed 6/4/2019.
  • National Aphasia Association. Aphasia. Accessed 6/4/2019.
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Aphasia. Accessed 6/4/2019.

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