Here are some simple suggestions to help communicate with individuals who have had a stroke.

  • Use yourself as a guideline by checking how you would feel if someone treated you the same way.

  • Talk directly to the person rather than through another person.

  • Help the person to look ahead in life, not back.

  • Avoid comparisons with others. No two individuals are identical.

  • Offer to shake hands as you would normally greet a non-impaired person. If they are unable to greet you this way, they will let you know.

  • If you offer assistance, wait until the offer is accepted before assisting.Then ask for and listen to instructions from the person.

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