Section 3: Expressive Communication Supports

Expressive Communication Assistance

When assisting with communication, a support person may:

  • Explain how individual communicates
  • Communicate what the individual has generated or directed them to convey
  • Echo the person’s messages
  • Clarify the individual’s intended message
  • Assisting with writing tasks (e.g. completing forms, note taking and alternate signature arrangements)

When assisting with communication a support person should not:

  • Persuade or influence the individual’s communication in any way.
  • Speak on behalf of an individual unless directed by the individual to do so.

Engage an impartial, qualified Speech-Language Pathologist if there is evidence of:

  • Conflict of interest, undue persuasion, coercion, or abuse of power.