Tips for assisting communication for a person who has unclear speech

  • Reduce or eliminate any background noise and distractions
  • Tell the person if you don’t understand
  • Ask the person what they do when not understood.
  • Ask the person if they can repeat the word, slow down, say it a different way, spell or write it down, point to a picture or type it on a device.
  • Ask the person to tell you what they are communicating about and guess what they might be saying