2.6 Tips for talking and to help manage difficult social situations

Tips for Talking

*Remember: the most important thing is the meaning behind the communication, not how well the person can put a sentence together!


Difficulties and suggestions




Joan has had a stroke which has affected her ability to talk and understand what others are saying. She is trying to tell you something but her speech is mumbled and she is getting her words mixed up. What could you do? (Click one of the options below)

Approach her and ask her some questions to clarify.
Pretend you have understood Joan
Communicate directly with her husband
Sit behind Joan and avoid eye contact




More Tools and Tips

See Toolkit B: Promoting Independence - Section 10: Conversations for more practical tips