Michele Wilson, Ph.D., educating patients in her
- Make it a habit to watch the speaker even if listening is not difficult. It is good to get in the habit of paying attention.
- Don't interrupt the speaker before he or she finishes a sentence. You may not understand the beginning, but may catch the end.
- When you are aware that you missed something that was said, ask that it be repeated.
- Summarize what you did hear so that your communication partner knows what to fill in.
- Learn about the topic being discussed. When you know what a person is talking about, it is easier to follow the conversation.
- Learn to look for ideas rather than isolated words.
- Keep alert for key words in sentences in order to follow ideas.
- Use the clues from the situation to help get meanings. The idea is often spelled out by the actual situation.
You may be able to anticipate words or phrases that will probably be
- Don't be afraid to guess, using situational and contextual clues.
- Keep informed of your friends' interests. If you and your friends have favorite topics, this limited content makes understanding easier.
- Stay aware of current events. When you know something about a topic, you can more readily recognize key words, names, and so forth. It will be helpful to read the daily newspaper and to be aware of the programs many people may watch, even if you don't watch TV.
- Ask family members to keep you informed about things that are happening in your community and neighborhood and about events in the lives of people you know.
- Keep your sense of humor.