UNIT 4222-258 INTRODUCTORY AWARENESS OF SENSORY LOSS (SS
OUTCOME 2 Understand the importance of effective communication
for individuals with sensory loss
* Sight loss
When you meet a person who has poor eye sight or who is blind it is important that you introduce yourself e.g. Hello, it’s Yvonne. Also if you have someone with you make sure you introduce that person or persons so that they are aware of who is there.
It’s a good idea to let them know where the person or persons are, either by your side or standing in front or to the left or right of them.
Don’t shout when speaking to a blind person they are not deaf so often you hear people shouting to a person with a disability. Also speak normally, use everyday language don’t avoid using words such as look or see.
Let the person know when you are moving away or leaving them for a short while so they are aware of what is going on.
Be accurate and specific when giving instructions.
* Hearing Loss
When meeting a person with a hearing problem always make sure you are facing them and that they can see you clearly. Do not turn your head away when speaking or cover your mouth. Say there name when starting a conversation and speak clearly, slowly and naturally, do not exaggerate your words or shout.
If the person is hearing impaired be aware of back ground noise as it can be difficult for them to make out what you are saying.
Be aware by watching the person if they favour one ear and speak to that side. Take it in turns to speak, do not speak all at once as they will be unable to make out what the conversation is about.
Communicating with a deaf blind person can be difficult. Studying that person’s body language facial and body movements can help, also using objects e.g. placing a cup or plate in their hands to see if they want...