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How can I help someone with difficulties talking?
  • Encourage the individual with aphasia to use gestures.
  • Give plenty of time for the individual to respond.
  • Allow the individual to complete his or her own statements.
  • It is not always appropriate to try and anticipate and fill in the end of sentences for people with difficulties speaking. Find out first if the individual requires assistance or if they would rather have more time to finish the sentences themselves.
  • Ignore the grammatical errors and poor articulation if you understand the message.
  • Confirm your understanding by a natural response or statement.
  • Remain positive and encourage all attempts at communication.

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