Explain the importance of meeting an individual’s communication needs, It is important to support individuals with communication needs to enable them to express themselves effectively, Therefore it is important to know the individuals preferred way of communicating and to support this. It is important a individual can communicate by their chosen method as then you can understand their needs and preferences. Under the Human rights act 1998 all individuals have the right to ‘freedom of expression’.
if unable to communicate then these rights would be denied. [1. 2]Explain how own role and practice can impact on communication with an individual who has specific communication needs, The way you relate to a individuals communication needs can help or hinder them to have proper care and be looked after to the best of my ability, It is important I assess their needs and work with others to provide the correct support (aids e. g. picture cards, hearing aids, pen and paper). without this support individuals would be unable to express their needs or how they are feeling. [1. 3]Analyse features of the environment that may help or hinder communication, Features of the environment that may help or hinder communication can include: •loud background noises can hinder communication: TV on loud, Other people talking, A radio on all make it difficult for someone with poor hearing to hear you, •Lighting conditions can help communication, the room should be well lit so individuals can see your mouth making it easier to see you talking.
Analyse reasons why an individual may use a form of communication that is not based on a formal language system, A individual may use a form of communication that is not based on a formal language system because they are not taught or trained in formal language systems, for example a person may have difficulty talking but may not know how to sign language so they may point to pictures on cards to get their message to you, or maybe after asking them a question they will just nod or shake their head to answer you.
Identify a range of communication methods and aids to support individuals to communicate, a range of communication methods and aids to support individuals to communicate could include: •sign language •body language •hearing aids •picture cards •writing messages on paper •electronic communicators [1. 6]Describe the potential effects on an individual of having unmet communication needs,
The potential effects on an individual of having unmet communication needs can include the feeling of isolation, as they wont feel able to join in any conversation that their peers may be having and this in turn could lead to the individual feeling depressed and worthless, It could also mean that the individual may be left to suffer as they will be unable to explain if they are feeling any pain or feel ill, it could also lead to the individual becoming incontinent if they are unable to ask anyone to take them to the toilet when they need to go.