Reading nonverbal communication and body language is essential to effectively communicate with the Care recipient (cr) often a cr may struggle with traditional forms of communication so nonverbal can play an even larger role than usual the following are tips for evaluating nonverbal communication with the cr

Try: Eye contact is eye contact being made if so is it overly intense or just right facial expression focus on the cr cr’s face is it masklike and unexpressive or emotionally present and filled with interest tone of voice does their voice project warmth confidence and interest or is it strained and blocked posture and gesture are their bodies relaxed or stiff and immobile are shoulders tense and raised or slightly sloped touch is there any physical contact is it appropriate to the situation does it make you feel uncomfortable intensity do they seem flat cool and disinterested or over-the-top and melodramatic timing and pace is there an easy flow of

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Categories: Behavior Challenging, Communication, Emotional Psychological, Social

Information: Back and forth do nonverbal responses come too quickly or too slowly sounds do you hear sounds that indicate caring or concern information

References: Helpguide org

Keywords: Communication body language nonverbal

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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