Published on 25 August 2020

1.2million Australians have some form of communication disability and children make up a large portion of this number. Sadly three in five people who have an unmet need for assistance are also children. There is also a gap in school qualification and employment for those who have a communication disability. So what can we do?

Seven easy things.

  1. Be aware and always be welcoming and friendly
  2. Ask the person with the disability what will help them to communicate
  3. Speak normally, no need to raise your voice or slow your speech
  4. Try asking the person yes or no questions if you are having difficulty understanding them
  5. Understand there are many ways to communicate
  6. Listen carefully
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

To help close the gap for those who may have a communication disability, embrace the theme and help them to ‘communicate with confidence’. COVID-19 has also made it difficult, with the introduction of masks. So be an advocate for those who may need a voice. To find out more ways in how you can support those with communication needs, visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.

If you’re unsure if your child may need additional support contact a local speech pathologist or make an appointment at the Narellan Child and Family Clinic.

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