Communication: Helpful strategies for people who have difficulties in communicating and being understood

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Audience: healthcare professionals, children & young people

The Communication Resource from is written by Dr Jill Bradshaw, lecturer in learning disability at the Tizard Centre. This booklet invites readers to think about communication from different perspectives; for example, from the viewpoint of people with physical disabilities who might be able to understand more than they can say, or from the perspective of individuals on the autistic spectrum, who might be able to say more than they can understand.

This guide contains successful strategies for clearer communication and explains reasons why certain messages could be easily misunderstood. It shares a number of excellent tools such as communication profiles/passports, quick ways to simplify complex sentences, tips on pacing conversations and how to learn from approaches that are working well.

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