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How can I best communicate with someone who has a speech problem due to MS?

Here are some tips to help you become a better listener to someone with a speech problem:

1) Don't raise your voice. This isn't related to hearing.

2) Be patient and pay close attention. Reduce distractions in the room such as a radio or television.

3) Ask questions that can be answered simply or with a "yes" or a "no" if you notice the speaker struggling or consider taking a break from a long conversation. Speech difficulties can worsen when muscles are tired.

4) Repeat back important pieces of information to avoid miscommunication.

5) Be honest. Politely let the speaker know if you don't understand.

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