CNA – Insider

Living with Aphasia can be a challenge, however, just like many of ABLE’s clients, Nicholas Tan perseveres to make the best out of his situation. Acquiring a language disorder does not affect intelligence. It merely means that an individual has a reduced understanding of what people say to them or that they might be stuck and say a wrong word.

When Nicholas first came to ABLE, we worked on retraining and restoring his diminished communication functions in Speech and Language Therapy. He also engaged in our swimming programme specially catered for individuals with acquired conditions as a result of Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI). This programme allowed him to gain water confidence and improve his balance and strength. We’re so happy to see him progress over the years, remaining determined in his recovery journey.

Here’s a little reminder on how we can support someone with Aphasia:
– Acknowledge their frustration and allow them extra time to respond
– Ask simple direct questions, e.g. yes/no questions or 1-3 choice questions
– Supplement what you say with drawing, writing keywords, gestures, and facial expression

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A motorcycle accident left him with aphasia. He’s now fighting to regain his speech – CNA (


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