I have established the communication and language needs, wishes and preferences of the individuals by thinking about locations that are not busy or noisy environments.
Sometimes young people may require a quiet place, and we may need to create a cosy and homely environment.
I have set the style of my face to face communication and the proximity between me and the young person because being too close to someone that you do not know is usually thought to be intimidating.
I think as with many aspects of communication there are cultural differences to be aware of, I may need to be observant and notice whether someone tries to move back a little from me or seems to need to be closer.
I think posture is important whether i am standing or sitting down good communication is to think whether I am giving out bored signals or interested ones.
If i lean forward slightly in the chair showing that i am interested while when i lean back it makes the young person think that i am bored.
I have also talked with parents and asked information about the young person such as:
* Whether they like eye to eye contact
* Finding out there way to speak whilst they are at home
* Completing an assessment of the young person
* Whether they have issues in other areas
* Physical disabilities and age and stage of development
I have used many styles and communication methods to meet individual’s needs.
I have used British sign language and Makaton.
I have used the use of signs such as symbols, pictures and writing using objects of reference, finger spelling and communication passports.
I have changed the type of communication such as being complex, sensitive, formal and non formal.
Some communication methods I have used are non verbal such as:
* Eye contact
* Gestures and body language
Verbal communication is important i have changed vocabulary and my linguistic tone as well as pitch and pace of my voice.
I have responded to an...