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Communication challenges for people with intellectual disability

This video explores communication challenges for people with an intellectual disability

As we have seen in this video, one of the first actions that creates communication challenges in healthcare assessments is failure to develop rapport with a person with an intellectual disability.

This could include:

  • Failing to talk with the person
  • Failure to direct the conversation to the person
  • Failure to make eye contact
  • Talking over the person
  • Using jargon
  • Talking to carers instead of the person

Reflect on this statement and examine whether it fits into your experience.

Healthcare professionals can be reluctant to engage with people with intellectual disability, preferring to direct all conversation toward their carer.

  • Why do you think this is/is not the case in your experience?
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Improving Health Assessments for People with an Intellectual Disability

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