Section 2: Comprehension Support

Practices to Support Comprehension

Speak in a way that the individual understands.

  • Use clear, everyday language.
  • Use short sentences.
  • Slow your rate of speaking.
  • Pause between sentences to give person time to process.
  • Chunk information into manageable bits.
  • Frequently review information and check for understanding.
    • Ask the person to tell you what they understand so far
    • Ask forced alternative questions – are we talking about…or …?
    • Ask yes and no questions – are we talking about a nursing home?