June is National Aphasia Month
Aphasia is a language disorder. This condition occurs due to problems associated with the part of the brain that controls language skills. A person with Aphasia may have difficulty talking, understanding language, speaking, reading, or writing.
If you or a person you support experiences symptoms of aphasia it is recommended that you speak to your health care provider. They can determine if there is a medical cause for your language problem. A speech-language pathologist, or SLP, will test your speech and language skills. There are many ways an SLP can assist you to communicate. These may include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) such as simple hand gestures, writing, pointing to letters or pictures, or using a computer or ipad
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) offers these tips which may make it easier for you to understand and talk with others:
To help me talk with you:
- Get my attention before you start speaking.
- Keep eye contact with me. Watch my body language and the gestures I use.
- Talk to me in a quiet place. Turn off the TV or radio.
- Keep your voice at a normal level. You do not need to talk louder unless I ask you to.
- Keep the words you use simple but adult. Don't "talk down" to me.
- Use shorter sentences. Repeat key words that you want me to understand.
- Slow down your speech.
- Give me time to speak. It may take me longer. Try not to finish my sentences for me.
- Try using drawings, gestures, writing, and facial expressions. I may understand those better than words sometimes.
- Ask me to draw, write, or point when I am having trouble talking.
- Ask me "yes" and "no" questions. Those are easier than questions that I have to answer in words or sentences.
- Let me make mistakes sometimes. I may not be able to say everything perfectly all the time.
- Let me try to do things for myself. I may need to try a few times. Help me when I ask.
For additional information please go to ASHA website at: https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/aphasia/