Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Professional Communication

Being able to effectively communicate is one of the most important life skills we possess. Communication is the act of transferring information from one place to another, either vocally, written, visually, or non-verbally. Developing appropriate communication skills can help your life professionally and personally. Some aspects of communication skills we will discuss include communication styles, learning styles, body language, and communication breakdown, all of which help to facilitate a student's learning during the fieldwork experience.

For example, if a student is unable to effectively discuss a home exercise program with a client, how will the client be able to follow through at home appropriately to maintain his/her functional ability? Or what if a student or clinician is interaction with another professional but that person has difficulty using appropriate terminology to hold a conversation, how might that impact the working relationship?

Other types of communication can include leaning a team, giving a presentation, providing documentation--all require communication skills. One needs to actively listen, clearly express ideas, speak with confidence, and write effectively. As a student, I remember reading over emails numerous times in order to make sure the email sounded professional and educated in the best way possible. And I probably still am that way. Regardless, all communication skills are a vital piece to this profession. 

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