June is Aphasia Awareness Month

Text Version of Aphasia Awareness Poster:

June is Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is the loss of ability to communicate, use and understand language. The main cause of aphasia is stroke.

Here are some simple techniques that can help someone with aphasia have a more successful communicative experience:

1.Speak slowly and clearly: Allow enough time for the person to process all the information and respond.
2.Don't jump in/interrupt: Avoid speaking for the person and/or finishing their sentences for them.
3.Reduce distractions: Minimize background noise. Loud music/  television noise can cause interference.
4.Use all modalities: Encourage the person to use any and every method to get their message across: writing, pointing, gesturing etc.

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