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.