CEMM Virtual Library

The Caregiver's Journey

Not Speaking Clearly

What you might see:

  • Slurred speech 
  • Speaking too loudly or softly 
  • Speaking too rapidly

How you can help:

  • Tell your family member that you did not understand what he or she said. Ask him or her to say it again more slowly.
  • Use a consistent cue or gesture to let him or her know you did not understand. For example, cup your hand over your ear as a reminder to speak louder.
  • Allow time for your service member/veteran to express him or herself.

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