I have a condition called Aphasia following a traumatic brain injury that I received back in 2014.

This means that I sometimes have difficulty in finding words and expressing myself in the way that I would like to. Below are some tips that might make communication easier:

  1. Relax and take my time when talking
  2. Tell people about Aphasia and let them know the strategies that can be helpful
  3. During word finding difficulties try to think of the first letter or sound of the word
  4. Talk around or describe the word (circumlocution) – think of what it looks like/where you find it/what you do with it or try to define the meaning of the word
  5. Think of a close associated word – same/opposite meaning
  6. Start again and rephrase my sentence if it’s not going well.

Conversation starters

To a friend:

  • How are you?
  • What have you been up to?
  • What’s new?
  • How’s life treating you?
  • What are you up to these days?
  • Where are you living at the moment?
  • Are you still living in ……..?
  • Have you been on holiday recently?
  • Do you have any holidays planned?
  • How is your Mum/Dad/Brother/Sister etc?
  • How’s work?
  • I read a great article recently that was about…
  • Have or watched/read….
  • I saw a great film the other day that was called…

To a stranger:

  • The weather is X at the moment, isn’t it?
  • This is a great bar/place have you been here before?
  • How do you know X?
  • Where do you live?
  • Where do you work?

When looking through this site, you’ll see that I love photography. While that’s great, it does mean that I’m often alone and it’s hard to explain my love for it to others. I’m hoping that learning more in College will make my speech better but let’s see 🙏.

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