Loss of speach may require non-verbal ways to communicate

Try: A communication board is a sheet or sheets of paper often laminated with commonly used words or easily recognized symbols printed on it the user points to the words or symbols that help communicate ideas or needs sometimes a Care recipient (cr) understands spoken words or instructions but can’t state needs or wants the cr may garble phrases or be unable to recall words properly for example the cr may say my knee hurts when what hurts is the ankle for this reason it may be easier for the cr to select from pre-printed words or pictures show the cr how to use the communication board ask the cr about needs or wants regularly noting what word or picture the cr points to touches or makes eye movements toward communication boards come in many forms and are available through medical supply stores and catalogs they can also be made by hand if the cr is able to recall and write keep a clipboard paper and pens at hand

Materials: Communication board clipboard paper and pens

Categories: Communication, Medical Physical, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Poor Verbal Comm, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

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

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