Understand How to Reduce Barriers of Communication

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L.O 3 Understand how to reduce barriers to communication 3.1 identify barriers to communication There are many barriers to effective communication such as; * Speaking a different language: When someone speaks a different language or uses sign language, they may not be able to understand what the other person is trying to say. * Sensory barriers: When someone cannot receive or pass on information because they have an impairment to one or more of their senses, the most common is hearing or seeing. • Slang – when a service user uses language that not everyone, in working with colleagues or service users you should avoid using any language that can be misunderstood or misinterpreted or that might cause offence. • Jargon – when a service provider uses technical language the service user may not understand. • Health issues – when you are feeling ill, you may not be able to communicate as effectively as when you are feeling well. This can affect your colleagues and service users. Similarly, people who have mental health problems or other health conditions. • Environmental factors – when communication is affected by the environment that people find themselves in. There are a number of factors to consider, such as lack of confidence or drugs and alcohol effect. 3.2 describe ways to reduce barriers to communication Once the barriers has been identified it can be overcome Ways to reduce barriers may include: * Understanding and being aware of an individual’s needs, wishes, beliefs, values and culture * Supporting individuals to communicate their needs * Avoiding using jargon in written documents and when speaking * By speaking slowly and clearly by use simple language * Ensuring communication aids are available and working properly * Showing you are listening and you are interested *
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