Overcoming barriers to communication Barriers| Explain the factors that influence communication P3| Explain strategies that can be used to overcome the barriers P4| Visual disability| Someone who is blind won’t be able to see any non-verbal communication methods such as hand gestures or facial expressions. This person would rely heavily auditory communication. | To overcome the barrier of a visual disability, you would have to compensate by putting more focus into what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. Also a blind person rely’s heavily on touch and feel, so literally lending a helping hand would be a good idea. Hearing disability| Someone who is deaf won’t be able to hear auditory communication like talking, so they would rely solely on what they can see and feel. | To overcome this barrier you would again have to compensate by putting more focus into non-verbal communication methods such as hand gestures, facial expressions and touch. | Noisy environment| A noisy environment will make any communication that involves sound, harder to interpret. This barrier also makes it hard to converse with more than one person at a time. To overcome this barrier the simplest option is to move to a less noisy environment or wait until the noise has subsided. If you cannot wait then another option is to combine loud speaking with hand gestures to get your message across. | Language differences| Understanding a foreign language is one of the hardest tasks, and will slow or stop any communication at the start.
Universal communication methods such as hand gestures would be used as they can be understood by any one. | This is a almost impossible barrier to overcome using verbal communication so your only option is to use non-verbal methods to send your message to a recipient. Learning difficulties| If someone has learning difficulties, i. e a very short attention span, and then communications with them will be much more difficult. The hard bit would know whether the person has successfully received and interpreted your message. | To overcome this barrier you would have to adapt your communication method for the person with learning difficulties and depending what exactly there difficulty is. You may also have to adapt how you interpret a message if the message is coded because of the learning difficulty. Cultural differences| There are hundreds of different cultures and not all see eye to eye, so trying to communicate with someone who opposes your culture may be almost impossible if they aren’t willing to listen to you. | ? | Speech disability| Talking to someone with a speech disability would be a barrier as if you are the receiver and trying to interpret what is being said by the speech impediment person, you are going to have to think a lot more about what is being said and take into consideration other communication methods. | To overcome this barrier you again would have to rely on other non verbal techniques and methods.
Such as getting the person to use a pen and paper to write what they want to say. | Emotional situation| Depending on someone’s emotional situation they may not want to communicate at all so all communication would stop here. Or if there was something “big” on your mind, you might find yourself distracted and unable to take in new information and messages. | To overcome this barrier a person’s emotional state must be brought back to a level where they can interpret and send messages like normal. Otherwise that person may interpret a message wrong and this could make the situation worse. |