Movie Assignment- Rain Man
Yes I would absolutely feel comfortable communicating with someone who is developmentally disabled. I have personal experience communicating with someone who has autism. Through my experience I have learned when communicating with someone with autism you should be sure to speak clearly and in a normal tone of voice. Never force direct eye contact as this may make them uncomfortable and make sure to keep proper distancing when communicating as this may make them feel threatened for their personal safety.
As a sender I would become an effective communicator with a person who is developmentally disabled by trying to find out as much information as possible about them and what their personal preferences, dislikes and routines are “know your audience”. This will allow me to better understand the appropriate level of language when communicating. To actively listen being patient and understanding without rushing a response when communicating and be persistent to understand by minimizing all distractions when communicating.
1. Five ways Charlie tries to communicate nonverbally with Rain Man are;
Body Gestures – In the movie Charlie uses many body gestures such as hand clapping, finger snapping, and finger pointing as a way to communicate with Rain Man.
Scene – Beginning of the movie at “WALLBROOK” Charlie hand signals Raymond by pointing at him to signal him to stay there while he talks with Susanna. Raymond starts to walk in the other direction interpreting the hand gesture as he should leave. So Charlie hand signals him again by raising and lifting his hand to signal Raymond to stay still.
Voice Volume – In the movie Charlie uses voice volume to express his frustration with Raymond.
Scene – On the highway Raymond gets nervous with all the commotion with the police and gets out of the car. Charlie gets out of the car also and starts to raise his voice loudly with Raymond showing his frustrated emotion with voice volume trying to get him back in the car so he can get to L.A. and save his business.
Eye Contact – In the movie Charlie tries to use eye contact with Raymond while communicating with him.
Scene – At the Big 8$ Motel Charlie and Raymond are in the bathroom and Charlie starts to run the bath water and this triggers Rain Man to have an unstable episode of yelling and hitting himself saying “Hot water burn baby”. Charlie shuts off the water and tries looking in Raymond’s eyes to calm him down and saying “Easy Ray please look at me”
Clarity – In the movie Charlie uses proper enunciation by speaking clearly and consistent when speaking to Raymond.
Scene – The trip to Las Vegas. Raymond understands the rules of cards because Charlie speaks clear and consistent using proper enunciation while teaching Raymond the rules of cards. Charlie also asks Raymond for clarification of the rules showing he understood.
Distancing – In the movie Charlie uses intimate distancing with Raymond to show his love for him.
Scene –The meeting to determine custody of Raymond. In the mediation room Charlie uses distancing to show Raymond that he loves and cares for him and in return Raymond touches heads with Charlie to let him know he likes him too.
2. Raymond communicates with the outside world through visual aspects like taking pictures, drawing pictures, writing in journals and watching specific television programs to express his self. He communicates and learns with a mental picture of the world rather than through verbal communication. Routines and rituals are the way he eats, sleeps, walks, talks basically how he lives in his own “comfort zone” and any breaks in these routines can cause him to feel in danger. When he is nervous he quotes Abbott & Costello “who’s on first base” to deal with uncomfortable situations.
3. The keys to communicating with Rain Man are to...
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