Barriers to communication
To communicate you have to go through a process with another person, this process is called the communication cycle because the process goes round in a circle. The process starts off by a person having ideas occurring and a message is coded, the message is then sent to another person, then it is heard or seen by the other person and the message is perceived, the message is then decoded by the other person and understood, a new message is then sent back to the person and the same process happens and continues to go round in the cycle.
In a health and social care environment, it is very important for people to understand the barriers that affect communication and find ways to overcome these barriers, barriers that affect communication are: sensory deprivation, this is when someone cannot receive or pass on information because they have an impairment to one or more of their senses, it is most commonly a visual or hearing disability. Ways to overcome this barrier is to be alert to the additional communication needs of people with sensory impairments and disabilities. Problems with sight or hearing can mean that signs can’t be seen, leaflets can’t be read or conversations can’t be heard. People who are deaf or partially deaf will need someone to communicate by sign language or visual signs, on the other hand if someone is blind then they will need someone to communicate with them so they can understand clearly since they can’t see.
Jargon is technical language that is understood by people in a particular industry or area of work, health and social care workers often use jargon to communicate with each other quickly. Slang is an informal type of language that is used by a particular group of people, often teenagers when they communicate with each other, jargon and slang can both be barriers to communication because not everyone understands it, for example, if a nurse is communicating to an elderly person using slang or jargon, the...