The following reflective journal demonstrates the application of theory to practice, considering the effectiveness of communication systems within my practice, whilst identifying ethical and legal requirements where relevant. I have described communication using a definition from an organisation relevant to my practice and briefly mentioned various other means and contexts of communication.
I have then moved on to discuss a method of communication I have chosen for the purpose of this journal, describing its origins and links to additional methods of communication and its links to theories and governing legislative bodies.
Before concluding, I have also touched on legal and ethical requirements, which, through my chosen method of communication, are considered and upheld, demonstrating positive practice in health and social care.

What is communication?
According to ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication; nd) communication is the “essence of human interaction and learning; a basic human right and essential to our quality of life as a social species.” ISAAC also emphasise that communication alters depending on ability, the person we are communicating with, the environment and socially accepted behaviours; as well as introducing various methods of communication to incorporate such factors.
Communication contexts include one-to-one, group, formal and informal communication and can be written, verbal, non-verbal, physical and technological (EDEXCEL [online] 2010).
Method of communication
Within my practice, I am most familiar with supporting day-to-day activities of adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, specifically I work with those in need of more visual methods of communication rather than oral. The method of communication I have chosen to discuss further for the purpose of this journal is Makaton.
Makaton was the result of a research project by Margaret Walker Senior...