Working in a role supporting others brings me into contact with all sorts of issues. I recently attended training about people with acquired communication disorders such as aphasia (neurological difficulties which may affect speech, language and cognitive functions). This could be those who may have had a stroke, suffer from Parkinson’s, types of dementia or any type of brain injury.
If you know someone experiencing these type of problems it is so important to keep the communication channels open and there are simple steps you can take to help. Remember communication isn’t just about the spoken word, touch, body language, the blink of an eye, nod or shake of a head, photographs can say so much. DO NOT stop trying to communicate there is always a way, don’t overthink it, often it’s the simplest thing that may help