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.
- Be aware and always be welcoming and friendly
- Ask the person with the disability what will help them to communicate
- Speak normally, no need to raise your voice or slow your speech
- Try asking the person yes or no questions if you are having difficulty understanding them
- Understand there are many ways to communicate
- Listen carefully
- 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.