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Mayo Clinic’s website has great information for the aphasia community and their caregivers, please go to their website at: Mayoclinic.com.

If you have aphasia, the following tips may help you communicate with others:

Carry a card explaining that you have aphasia.
Carry paper and pencils or pens with you at all times.
Use drawings, diagrams or photos.
Use gestures or point to objects.
Tell or show people what communication style works for you.

Family members and friends can use the following tips when communicating with a person with aphasia:

Simplify your sentences and slow down your pace.
Allow the person time to talk.
Don’t finish sentences or correct errors.
Keep conversations focused on one topic at a time.
Avoid distracting noises.
Keep paper and pencils or pens readily available.
Help the person with aphasia create a book of words, pictures and photos to assist with conversations.
Use drawings or gestures when you aren’t understood.
Involve the person with aphasia in conversations as much as possible.
Check for comprehension or summarize what you’ve discussed.
Talk about the frustrations that the person with aphasia is experiencing.
When conversations break down, decide together whether to continue or return to the topic later.

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