Communicating your thoughts to others can be hard for anyone – but imagine adding Aphasia (loss of language, not intellect) on top of challenges of communication. How do I say what I feel and think without offending someone? How do I get you to understand my point?
Here are a few things folks with Aphasia might be trying to tell you.
(Remember, Aphasia is loss of language due to brain injury or stroke. It has nothing to do with intelligence.)
- Speak slowly. I need more time to understand.
- I am not a child. Just because I have a hard time talking doesn’t mean I don’t know what I want to say.
- Be patient. I may need to take a break from our conversation and process.
- Don’t do or say it for me. It is empowering for me to figure it out. Your patience is appreciated!
- I am not anti-social. Crowds and large noises are hard for me.
- I may look better, but I still have a long way to go in my rehabilitation. And I will get there. But looks aren’t everything, and my brain still has a ways to go.