Keys. Wallet. Mask! The new addition to our daily wardrobe is here to stay as long as we are coexisting with COVID-19. Although your cloth, surgical, or homemade covering is rightly serving its purpose in reducing the spread of the coronavirus, it also generates interesting communication challenges.
We rely on so much more than just “talking” when we communicate. We parse through indirect and direct messages. We interpret facial expressions. Some people lip read. With the use of masks, our verbal means of communication has literally been “muffled”. This is particularly challenging for individuals who are hard of hearing, or have developmental or acquired conditions which impact how they process, interpret, and respond to spoken language. Although it may take a bit more effort, there are strategies we can put in place to support changes in communication.
Are you using any of these strategies? Let CSL know in the comments!
Helping Our Clients Parse Speech Through Masks During Covid-19: https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/leader.MIW.25062020.34/full/?fbclid=IwAR0k77JANFpWdJhTY6t1NMetiHyntvYsGayXYJZI5cNENM7v73pK4oe9AaQ
Safe N Clear: https://safenclear.com/
Masks Pose Barrier for People with Hearing Loss: Here’s a Novel Solution: https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/masks-pose-barriers-for-people-with-hearing-loss-heres-a-novel-solution/full/
Voice to Text: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/voice-to-text/jdcdafhjjjfnkoeilnjmnadadaoehgdc?hl=en
Voice Notepad: https://dictation.io/speech
Speechnotes - Speech to Text Notepad: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.speechnotes.speechnotes&hl=en_US
Speechnotes - Speech to Text Online Notepad: https://speechnotes.co/