The fundamental thing to remember when working with someone with aphasia is to be natural. Use communication techniques when breakdowns occur. Start with gesture and then gradually add more techniques, as needed. Overusing communication techniques can also lead to reduced understanding if the person with aphasia feels you’re being patronizing. Watch the cues from the person with aphasia closely and follow the path that seems to be getting the best response. And remember – everyone experiences communication challenges from time to time, even the most skilled communication partners.