Barriers Affecting Communication Essay

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Barriers affecting communication can be separated into two groups; internal and external factors. Internal factors include hearing, visual and physical difficulties that may be the result from different disabilities like autism, Cerebral Palsy, Deafness and Blindness. Many children, young people and adults with these internal disabilities may have difficulties communicating which has to be considered when attempting to build relationships. External factors include social background and communication differences that may affect communication with children, young people and adults. Adapting your communication skills to take these factors into account should overcome any barriers that could affect the building of relationships and communication…show more content…
As each child, young adult and adult with any of these disorders will be individual and unique; the barriers affecting communication will be different for each person you meet. A child, young person or adult with these physical disabilities may have delayed communication skills especially with the more severe disabilities like Cerebral Palsy and Downs syndrome which can severely affect them in different areas of development such as gross motor skills, fine motor skills, self care and communication. All of these need to be addressed with a kind, patient and understanding nature from the teaching assistant. Adults with severe physical disabilities may have difficulties communicating and accessing the school. Adults may have trouble interacting in social settings, may feel stigmatised or feel they are not accepted or understood. In a school setting, it is important to accept and understand, to work together to build relationships with effective communication with everyone. Difficulties should be addressed with an open and sensitive nature to overcome any barriers in communication with people with physical
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