Top Tips for Communication
Communication is all about sending and receiving messages, usually in the form of conversations or requests etc. If someone has a communication difficulty, we need some extra help to get those messages across.
This will need a bit more effort and thought from those involved, but if communication is improved, it will be worth it!
Try the following:
- always have a pen and paper with you to write down key words or draw pictures;
- use props – photos, books, items around the home to stimulate communication;
- use exaggerated tone of voice, facial expression and gesture to get your point across;
- give the other person time to think about what they want to say – use the silence;
- ask specific questions to focus and give context;
- stick to one idea per sentence – keep it simple;
- DON’T WORRY IF YOU BOTH DON’T GET IT AT FIRST! Take a break and try again later…NEVER pretend you understand if you don’t, it’s better to be honest!