Effective Communication Copy

Effective communication is a shared responsibility, but when a person has dementia and language is affected, then there is more responsibility on you to continue the conversation (Ortigara, 2004). Remember that you can and should modify your communication to maximize the participant’s understanding or comprehension, and their ability to express themselves. You are a “ramp”, helping and supporting them in their engagement and participation.

We will explore communication in three areas:

  • General communication strategies
  • Strategies to help participants understand
  • Strategies to help participants express themselves