What Do You Have To Say? | Communication

  • By Kim Torres
    Down Syndrome Association Houston
    • Posted in

April 27, 2020

-Objective-

For the adults to be able to identify good communication techniques, and why communication is important.

-Lesson-

DEFINE: communication. Communication is the way that we “talk” to the world around us. This can be through verbal and non-verbal communication.

EXPLAIN: Communication is important because it is how we tell people what we want or what we need, it’s how other people tell us what they want or what they need. We use communication to tell people when are feeling sick, or when we are hurt. We also use communication to make friends, have successful job interviews, and even to show our families and friends that we care about them.

We can use our words or verbal communication and we can use our body language, sign language and gestures to communicate non-verbally. Both communication types are important and successful once we learn how to use them!

DISCUSS: What are some ways that you communicate? Verbally? Non-verbally? What makes communication good? Why is it important?

-ACTIVITY-

WRITE: an email to a friend, or teacher. Write a letter! Make sure that your email or letter communicates what you need the other person to know. This is a great time to work with your adults on spellings and writing!

CALL: a friend of family member. Make sure that you are using your verbal communication to talk with them and that they are getting what you need them to know (even if it’s just a call to say I love you!)

VIDEO CHAT: a friend of family member. This is a great way to show off verbal and non-verbal communication. Try it out! Make sure that you are communicating with the person you chose and that they are understanding what you need them to know!

-Notes-

If you want to challenge your adult even more you can ask your adult to explain this week’s lesson to whoever they email, write, call or video chat and at the end of the conversation ask the other person for feedback on what they can improve on! This is a good way to get your adults used to constructive criticism without feeling offended or like they did something wrong! Help them understand that it’s okay to need to work on something or to improve, everybody does!
> If your adult needs some extra help with sentence structure, annunciation, reading, writing, or even number recognition these activities can be a fun way to help them learn!