(A) WHO NEEDS HELP?
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A person who has:

  • had a stroke 

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  • hurt their head  

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These people might need help to:

  • read words 

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  • understand words 

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(B) WHO SHOULD HELP?

You
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Everyone
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(C) HOW TO HELP

When you write, do all of these things:

1. Use short sentences

I want lunch:

 now

 later

2. Use common words

Get     

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Acquire

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Garner 

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3. Use:

  • points
  • lists

4. Use one font:

  • Arial
  • Times New Roman
  • Verdana

5. Make the font BIG (14+)

6. Use black writing + white paper

7. Use pictures

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8. Use HEADINGS

and Subheadings

9. Highlight words:

  • IMPORTANT WORDS

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  • new words 

APHASIA

10. Explain and describe

  • hard words
  • new words

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Use examples and pictures.

11. Repeat the main points

MAIN POINTS

Some people have trouble:

  • reading
  • understanding words

You can help. When you write, do all of the things on this page.

Questions?

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(02) 8757-3838

 

 

Main source: this article, which endeavours to advocate for Plain English writing habits in the context of assisting people with acquired language disorders like aphasia and traumatic brain injury and their caregivers, was drafted by employing several of the evidence-based, aphasia-friendly characteristics described more fully in Berarducci, M., Cooper, L., Giles, V. (2007).  Aphasia-friendly materials. Are we really producing them? ACQuring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, Vol 9(3), 99-103.  Note that this paragraph is a (deliberately) appalling example of how not to write for people with aphasia or other acquired language disorders.  Click the links for more about aphasia and traumatic brain injuries.

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Banter Speech & Language is an independent firm of speech pathologists for adults and children. We help clients in our local area, including Concord, Rhodes, Strathfield and all other suburbs of Sydney’s Inner West.

Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).

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