Tips For Communicating | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

For the Person with Aphasia:

To understand messages better:

  • Get rid of distractions. For example, turn off the T.V.
  • Look at the speaker and watch their mouth.
  • Watch the speaker’s gestures and face for clues.
  • If you don’t understand, ask the speaker to “Say that again.”

Understanding speech

To get your message out clearly:

  • Take your time.
  • If you can’t find the exact word, talk around the word.
  • Use any means to get your message across.
    • Gesture.
    • Draw.
    • Write the first letter of a word.
    • Ask your partner if he or she understands you.


For the Caregivers:

  • Speak slowly.
  • Repeat the message or say it in a different way.
  • Show.
  • Write down the message.