Autistic individuals may not be able to communicate using speech and language to verbally communication with staff to explain that they would like to participate in activities. They also struggle to express their feelings and understand body language and facial expressions. They find it hard to understanding the norms of behaviour, i.e. proximity and turn taking and this may be a difficulty in participating in activities in groups or being polite, therefore individuals find it hard to make friends or have relationships with others even though they may …show more content…
It could also be too hot or cold, too crowded or too many objects in the vicinity. These can all be barriers to effective communication.
Describe how you reduce the barriers to communication when communicating with individuals with Autism?.
When working with an individual I could adapt the environment to try and improve the effectiveness of communication, for example adjusting the lighting or creating a quiet area so that we are away from noisy activity or distractions. I could also make sure that I am clearly seen by the person I am trying to communicate with so that they can observe my body language and use of eyes and facial expressions. I could also speak slower to enable the individual understand what I am saying and also allow for silences so that the individual can process the information that I have given them.
What types of visual communication can be used/do you use when communicating with residents and from where can you seek advice in relation to