How to communicate when wearing a face mask

As more and more of us take to wearing face masks in public, it can be harder to understand what others are saying as well as to pick up on social cues such as reading other people’s emotions. Children can find this especially confusing and for individuals with hearing difficulties or social communication issues such as autism, this can be sometimes be distressing.

This poster, produced by University College London, helps to set out some of the key ways to get around this.  It suggests you first make eye contact, introduce yourself (where appropriate), slow down your speech and use hand gestures to support what you are saying. It may also be helpful to spell out what you are feeling, such as saying how happy you are to see them.

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