Unit HSC 39 Support Individuals With Specific Communication Needs

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Unit HSC 3029 Support Individuals with Specific Communication Needs. 1.1. Explain the importance of meeting an individual’s communication’s needs.
Communication is an essential part of all relationships, and as a support worker, the ability to communicate well with the service users is a basic requirement for doing my job. Every individual has the right to communicate and as a support worker, I have a moral obligation as well as adhering to the standards, codes of practice, guidelines, morals and law to make sure that everyone’s communication needs are met.Every person has the right to "freedom of expression" as stated in The Human Rights Act 1998. If an individual’s communication needs are not met then all aspects of their daily life
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Learning disabilities. Up to 90 percent of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) do not communicate using formal communication like speech, symbols or signs. But this does not mean that they can't communicate. Instead they tend to rely on facial expressions, vocal sounds, body language and behaviour to communicate. 1. Using objects of reference
These are objects that have special meanings attached to them. They are useful for people who are unable to understand pictures or symbols. They can help someone to understand what is being discussed or to anticipate an event or activity. To help make an object meaningful to the person you support it can be useful to present the object and follow it straightaway with the activity it represents - for example presenting a cup and then following it by giving the person a drink. Once a link has been made between the object and an event or activity, the object can start to represent that activity. If objects of reference are developed for different activities then they might provide a way for someone to get involved in choosing what they want to do.
2. Use of appropriate communication aids
Many communication aids are not appropriate for people with PMLD, for example, voice recognition software. However, a Big Mack, which allows sounds to be recorded and activated at the push of a button, is an example of a communication aid which can help someone with PMLD
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