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Awareness in dealing with people suffering from sensory loss.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked Introductory awareness of sensory loss. (Task 1) Understand the factors that impact on an individual with sensory los and steps that can be taken to overcome these. * Describe how a range of factors have a negative and positive impact on individuals with sensory loss. (1.1) * Identify steps that can be taken to overcome factors that have a negative impact on individuals with sensory loss. (1.2) * Explain how individuals with sensory loss can be disabled by attitudes and beliefs. (1.3) * Identify steps that could be taken to overcome disabling attitudes and beliefs. (1.4) (Task 2) Understand the importance of effective communication for individuals with sensory loss. * Outline what needs to be considered when communicating with individuals with: * Sight loss * Hearing loss * Deaf blindness. (2.1) * Describe how effective communication may have a positive impact on the lives of individuals with sensory loss. (2.2) * Explain how information can be made accessible to individuals with sensory loss. (2.3) (Task 3) Know the main causes and conditions of sensory loss. * Outline the main causes of sensory loss. (3.1) * Explain the difference between congenital and acquired sensory loss. (3.2) * State what percentage of the general population is likely to have sensory loss. (3.3) (Task 4) Know how to recognise when an individual may be experiencing sight and/or hearing loss. * Outline the indicators and signs of: * Sight loss * Hearing loss * Deaf blindness. (4.1) * Explain where additional advice and support can be sourced in relation to sensory loss. (4.2) (Task 5) ...read more.

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It should never be a question of which belief is right versus wrong. Your mindset and your ways of thinking either help you, or hold you back. Your beliefs become your reality. Whether your belief is a way of thinking that will help you achieve your goals or not, you will always find evidence to support your belief, and to have it become your reality. Overcoming limiting beliefs requires that you identify all of them first! As stated in 1.3 disabling attitudes and beliefs can have a significant impact on individuals who have sensory loss. Overcoming disabling attitudes and beliefs involves: * Getting to know individuals who have sensory loss * Listening to the views of individuals who have sensory loss * Respecting that all individuals who have a sensory loss are unique * Seeing an individual who has a sensory loss first and foremost as a person * Being open about what individuals who have a sensory loss can do * Not making assumptions about individuals who have sensory loss * Not engaging in discriminatory behavior * Not engaging in disabling attitudes * Not engaging in disabling beliefs * Not seeing individuals who have sensory loss as all the same You can overcome disabling attitudes and beliefs in sensory loss by challenging discrimination immediately. You can also get involved in social activities that promote positive attitudes. Disabling attitudes ? Steps to be taken: Try and make a person see, by explaining verbally and showing them how an individual with a sensory loss will be affected in many ways in their normal day-to-day life, compared to how they live day-to-day with their senses. ...read more.

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Ask the person what will make communication effective and do that. Make sure any equipment, including hearing aids, is switched on and working. Good light is important; face the light so that your full face can be seen. Avoid background noise; turn it off or move somewhere quieter. Clear speech: speak clearly, speak a little more slowly than usual, but keep the natural rhythm of speech. Speak a little louder, but don?t shout as this will distort your voice and lip patterns. Try to make your lip patterns clear, but don?t over ? exaggerate. Keep your face visible. Don?t smoke, eat, chew gum or cover your mouth with your hand. Focus on the person you are talking to. If you are using an interpreter, always talk directly to the deaf person, not the interpreter. Help the other person to understand: Make the subject clear from the start and if you change the subject, make sure the person knows. Use gestures and facial expression to support what you are saying if necessary, repeat phrases. If this doesn?t work, try re-phrasing the whole sentence. Some words are easier to lip-read than others don?t hurry, take your time be ready to write things down. Be aware that the effort of concentration on communicating can be hard work and cannot be maintained for long periods of time. Be-aware that if a person is smiling and nodding it doesn?t necessarily mean they have understood you. Other ways to communicate if a person can no longer understand speech there are other ways to communicate. Some of these take time to learn. Learning a new communication can be challenging. ...read more.

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