Your Brain At Its Best

Following is a handout with tips that I use with people with aphasia to make speaking, reading, and writing as easy as possible.

Speaking: Speak as slowly as possible. Speak softly, like you’re telling a secret, try not to “attack” words.

Reading: Read slowly enough that you are seeing the actual words and what you’re reading makes sense. Use an index card if needed.

Writing: Make a picture of the word in your brain before you start, and try to hold onto the picture until you’re finished.

For your brain to work its best, it is a good idea to work on attention (also known as working memory) by playing card or computer games, or watching movies. You want to practice paying attention for a period of time.

Preventing dehydration is especially important when you have had a stroke. If you become dehydrated, it may lower blood pressure.

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