Support Individuals with Specific Communication Needs

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Support individuals with specific communication needs Understand specific communication needs and factors affecting them 1.1 "Human beings are social animals. Our lives depend on other humans. Human infants are born unable to transport or care for themselves. Their survival depends on another human's efforts. We develop and learn about the world around us through the filter of other people. Our connections to others are key to not only our survival, but also to our happiness and the success of our careers." The meeting communication needs of an infant (with his/her mother) assures his survival and happiness when he grow up meeting child's communication needs assures his development. As an adult his mental health depends on how far his communication needs are fulfilled. 1.2 Your own role and practice can impact on an individual who has specific communication needs as if you do not communicate with a person in a way that they understand they may feel left out and alone, hence they may suffer from additional mental health disabilities such as depression. When you do spend time with an individual, and do include them and communicate in a way that they understand then they will feel as if they are valued and part of society. 1.3 Features of th environment that may help or hinder communication include: Visual Factors Lighting conditions: light should be on the talker's face Interfering objects: visual noise Distance: no further than 6 feet from the talker Talker's Face: face/mouth should not be covered head movements should be well-lit no eating, chewing, smoking moustaches and/or beards Viewing Angle: best to be seated in front of the talker Vision: use of corrective lenses if needed Auditory Factors Noise: air conditioners, fans, TV, radio, other talkers, etc. Distance: no further than 6 feet from the talker Echo: too many hard
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