Unit 74 Support Individuals with Specific Communication Needs
Understand specific communication needs and factors affecting them
1.1 Explain the importance of meeting an individual’s communication needs
Individuals who have communication problems need support to enable them to express themselves, their needs and wishes effectively. It is therefore important that the person caring for them is aware of the individuals preferred method of communication. They will need to support the individual to use their preferred method. Individuals have the right to communicate through their chosen method and their choice should be acknowledged and respected by supporting them. The individual’s rights are particularly important when using specific communication methods and language because it’s their main 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 senior carer it is my responsibility to enable the individuals in my care to express themselves and their needs. I do this by assessing their needs and providing the appropriate support. Sometimes this may be just allowing a person a little extra time to communicate their needs and encouraging and motivating communication or sometimes aids are needed such as picture boards for example. I will often need to work alongside others including GP’s, speech and language therapists and friends and family members to monitor the effectiveness of the support I am giving the individual.
1.3 Analyse features of the environment that may help or hinder communication
It is difficult and frustrating to communicate...