1.1 Explain the importance of meeting an individual’s communication need.
Idividuals who have communication problems need support to enable them to express themselves effectively. That is why its important for the carer to be aware of the individuals preferred method of communication and to use this, as this is their major way of communicating their needs and preferences. Communication is a basic human right. Without communication the individual is unable to realise or exercise their rights. Under the human rights act 1998 all individuals have the right to freedom of expression. If unable to communicate they would be denied these rights.
1.2 Explain how own role and practice can impact on communication with an individual who has specific communication needs.
As a carer it is my role and responsibility to support individuals to express themselves. The way in which i do this is to assess their needs, access information regarding communication needs and provide appropriate supports aids or equipment and encourage and motivate communication. Without support or appropriate support the individual would be unable to express their needs which could lead to emotional and physical difficulties.
1.3 Analyse features of the environment that may help or hinder communication
It is difficult and frustrating to communicate effectively when there is background noise, therefore arranging the environment to aid communication is a very important step to achieve effective communication. Some factors that can hinder communication are;
* Poor lighting, individuals with poor sight unable to see you.
* Background noise, from TV radio, other individuals.
* Obstacles in-between the persons communicating.
* Insufficient distance.
1.4 Analyse reasons why an individual may use a form of communication that is not based on a formal language system.
A disability which affects an individual’s sense such as hearing and sight loss....