Did you know that 1.2 million Australians have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life?
Speech pathologists play an important role in helping people communicate with more confidence. At VMCH speech pathologists work throughout our disability and aged care services.
It was Speech Pathology Week at the end of August and a great time to reflect on how to support people with communication challenges.
Here’s a few tips:
- Always treat the person with the communication disability with dignity and respect
- Be welcoming and friendly
- Understand there are many ways to communicate
- Ask the person with the disability what will help with communication
- Listen carefully
- When you don’t understand, let them know you are having difficulty understanding
- If you think the person has not understood, repeat what you have said or say it a different way
- Try asking the person yes or no questions if you are having difficulty understanding them
- Ask the person to repeat or try another approach if you don’t understand
- Allow the person time to respond, so always be patient
- Speak normally. There is no need for you to raise your voice or slow your speech.