Understanding communication difficulties and knowledge of coping strategies can help people affected by a brain tumour (and those around them) to feel more able to cope and reduce feelings of frustration or isolation.
There are some simple changes you can make that may help you if you are experiencing communication problems.
As communication is a two way process, the way that those around you communicate with you is very important.
One key way others can help is by being supportive, and to adapt to the way they communicate in order to facilitate your understanding and self expression. Also, many carers have found that it is important not to do too much for their loved one just because it is easier, and to remember that the person with dysphasia is:
There are also many organisations that specialise in equipment, or other forms of support, for people with communication difficulties. These can be found in our full fact sheet.
If you have not been referred to a speech and language therapist (SLT), you can ask your health team to be referred.
The SLT will give you a variety of spoken and written tests to assess which sort of communication difficulties you are having and to what degree. These tests may include naming objects, engaging in conversation, telling a story/joke, or writing a shopping list.
They will use various tools and exercises to work with you towards:
Find out more about communication difficulties and brain tumours in our downloadable fact sheet.
Find out more about Communication difficulties and brain tumours in our downloadable fact sheet - Clear Print version, designed to RNIB guidelines.
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