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Language Difficulty/Expression/Word Finding | Management Strategies

  1. It is important to stay calm and patient when communicating with the person you care for. Becoming upset or annoyed will only further frustrate the person you care for, increase their anxiety and make communication even more difficult. Creating a caring and understanding atmosphere will encourage the person to keep trying to communicate.

  2. It is helpful to recognize the emotional state of the person you care for by paying attention to body language and tone. This may help to provide clues to what they are trying to say.

  3. The person you care for will often communicate better when in familiar settings or when speaking one on one. They may find it confusing and overwhelming if there are too many people or if there is a lot of noise and activity.

  4. Fatigue can provide additional difficulty in verbal expression, so try to avoid conversation when you know the person is tired.

  5. Language difficulties may cause the person you care for to give up attempts to communicate. However, it is important to continue to encourage and involve them in conversation. Try to continue simple conversation with the person. For example, you can tell them about the day's events, and ask questions that are easy to respond to.

  6. If the person you care for has difficulty finding a word, it is helpful to subtly prompt them, by pointing to an object or bringing the word into conversation instead of interrupting them, or simply telling them the word they are looking for. However, in social situations the person you care for may look to you to assist them in conversation to avoid embarrassment. In this case it is more appropriate to give them the word.

  7. Be sure to communicate in a way that will make sense to them and it might be helpful to find out how they like to be addressed. Try to enter the world that they currently find themselves in.

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