Communication can be very individual to a person and can take a long time to tune into. With the right approach these resources can support communication partnerships.
Getting communication right means people can experience the world to the full, connect with others and fulfil their potential.
The download resources consist of:
The web tool that follows highlights the explanation of the various strategies.
The resources are a start point and are there to be adapted, built on and developed to make them specific to the individuals you work with and the location you use to get on the water. Remember to use the approach of asking, not assuming, listening well and learning as you go.
Genuine partnership with the person, with those who know them well will be at the heart of developing good communication and meaningful conversations.
Symbols can convey ideas, and visual timetables can help communicate what is going to happen in a session
Supporting people to make choices is vital – it is a crucial part of how we express ourselves and exercise autonomy
Social stories are a great way to introduce a new situation, outline how and why people may react in different situations and explain why people may be feeling a certain way
Signs can help new participants find their way around whether they are new to a location or regularly attend but find orientation and recognising places difficult
Tips for communicating with Deaf people and Blind people
It is important to present information in a format that people can read, understand and that makes them feel included. Not having information in the right format can be the difference between participating or not.
These resources have been collated by Blaire Hannon, who has been involved with Sailability since she was 15 when she learnt to sail herself and then became a volunteer and instructor/coach. She raced nationally and internationally in the 2.4mR for many years, and benefitted from the life skills and qualities that sailing brings. A couple of years ago she graduated as a Speech and Language Therapist and has since worked with a local Sailability site to provide training and create the essential resources and aids to ensure everyone could communicate effectively and all voices were heard.