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CFALSA01 - Prepare for lipspeaking assignments

Overview

This unit describes how to prepare for professional lipspeaking assignments.

This involves establishing the nature of the assignment and considering whether you have the right skills. You must be able to use a range of information sources to prepare for assignments and must plan for any use of equipment. You must be fully aware of the role of the professional lipspeaker and the principles of professional practice.

In this unit, you must be able to prepare, plan and carry out assignments as well as recognise your personal level of professional competence. You understand the principles of professional practice and ethics and you are able to use information sources available to you.

This unit is for those who are working as a professional lipspeaker or who wish to achieve accreditation as a professional lipspeaker to work with deaf, deafened and/or deafblind people.

This unit should be used in conjunction with LSB02 Deliver Lipspeaking Services.

Performance criteria

  • Identify the domain, context, setting and purpose of the assignment.
  • Identify and reject any assignment that is beyond your competence.
  • Agree contract details.
  • Request a briefing session and sight of documents to be used in advance of the assignment.
  • Explain the principles of professional practice if unethical demands are made on you.
  • Plan appropriately so that you will be able to deal with the type and complexity of the assignment.
  • Prepare for any domain-specific or context-specific requirements.
  • Plan for any special requirements.
  • Identify the likely requirements and expectations of your client, service user(s) and any other parties.
  • Use relevant sources of information to prepare for the assignment.

Knowledge and understanding

  • The process of lipspeaking.
  • Techniques to anticipate the type and the degree of difficulty of the assignment and the needs of the client, service user(s) and any other parties.
  • Clear and inclusive communication skills.
  • The role of the lipspeaker and the principles of professional practice.
  • Contract negotiation and agreement of terms.
  • How to research and verify general and domain- or context-specific terminology.
  • Sources of information to assist with assignments.

CFALSB02 - Deliver lipspeaking services

Overview

This unit describes what a lipspeaker needs to know and be able to do to carry out assignments in a range of domains and contexts.You should be able to clearly define the role of a lipspeaker to service users and clients. You should be able to demonstrate deaf awareness in all assignments. You should be able to identify the individual requirements of an assignment and use your personal and assertiveness skills to ensure the correct conditions for lipspeaking and lipreading.

This unit is for those who are working as a professional lipspeaker or who wish to achieve accreditation as a professional lipspeaker to work with deaf, deafened and/or deafblind people.

Performance criteria

  • Explain your role as a lipspeaker to all parties when you arrive at the assignment, if necessary.
  • Identify the requirements and preferences of the service user(s) and any potential limits to understanding.
  • Ensure the appropriate environmental conditions for the service user(s), using assertiveness skills if required.
  • Attract the attention of the deaf person in an appropriate manner.
  • Hear the message in full.
  • Reproduce the speaker’s message in a clearly lipreadable form for the service user, by producing clearly the shape of the words with the flow, rhythm and phrasing of natural speech, the stress patterns of the speaker, natural facial expression and natural gesture.
  • Recognise when the speed, style of delivery or complexity of the speaker’s utterance would lead to difficulty in lipreading and/or understanding and pare down where necessary, or ask the speaker to slow down if appropriate.
  • Identify when a word or phrase may be unlipreadable and select the correct support strategy to overcome this.
  • Use speaker indication or role shift as required, where there is more than one speaker.
  • Devoice or use voice, according to the service user’s individual requirements.
  • Sustain accurate delivery of the message for substantial periods.
  • Seek clarification of the message from the speaker, if necessary.
  • Reflect the register and tone of the message.
  • Work with relevant technology where required.
  • Work with other communication professionals to meet the needs of service user(s) and/or client.
  • Support effective communication throughout the assignment and take action if communication breaks down.
  • Conduct yourself in accordance with the principles of professional practice and your professional or registration body’s code of conduct.

Knowledge and understanding

  • The role of the lipspeaker
  • How to actively listen and understand the message being delivered
  • The roles and requirements of other communication professionals
  • The types and causes of deafness and deafblindness and their implications for the lipreader
  • How deaf people lipread and the skills that are needed by a deaf person to use a lipspeaker
  • How to attract the attention of the deaf person in an appropriate manner
  • The techniques used in lipspeaking
  • The processes involved in carrying out a lipspeaking task
  • Physical techniques to allow sustained lipspeaking performance
  • The working language, including its structure and grammar
  • Different types of register and what to do when the service user does not understand the content of the message.
  • Lipreading theory and practice
  • The limitations of lipreading and the implications for the service user and the lipspeaker
  • Principles of professional practice, including dealing with ethical dilemmas, regulatory requirements, codes of practice, ethics and legislative frameworks
  • The different domains, contexts and settings in which you lipspeak and how to work with professionals in these domains
  • Clear and inclusive communication skills
  • The practical and psychological effects of hearing loss
  • How to work with relevant technology

CFALSC03 - Develop your performance as a lipspeaker

Overview

This unit describes how to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of your performance as a lipspeaker. You must be able to acquire the competence and knowledge to identify new developments in lipspeaking and the different domains in which you may work. You must be able to evaluate your own performance and how to set goals for your personal development and further learning.

This unit is for those who are working as a professional lipspeaker or who wish to achieve accreditation as a professional lipspeaker to work with deaf, deafened and/or deafblind people.

Performance criteria

  • Evaluate feedback from assignments.
  • Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of your performance as a Lipspeaker.
  • Identify ways in which your preparation for assignments could be improved.
  • Review how accurately you relayed the message being delivered.
  • Evaluate how well you managed the assignment.
  • Identify areas for improvement.
  • Identify opportunities for further learning and development.
  • Develop a personal professional development plan.
  • Monitor and review achievement of professional development plan.
  • Maintain knowledge of code of conduct, regulatory requirements and professional ethics.
  • Maintain knowledge of developments in the domains in which you lipspeak.
  • Maintain knowledge of Disability and Human Rights legislation, Data Protection rules and Health and Safety legislation.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Methods to obtain feedback from clients, service users and any other parties.
  • Methods to review and assess your preparation for assignments.
  • Methods to review your lipspeaking performance.
  • Methods to review your management of lipspeaking assignments.
  • Strategies to improve your performance and knowledge.
  • How to access information on codes of conduct and regulatory requirements.
  • How to access information on new developments in lipspeaking or the domains in which you work.
  • How to access continuous professional development available from professional or registration bodies and other sources.

CFALSD04 - Co-work with other lipspeakers

Overview

This unit describes how to co-work with trainee or colleague lipspeakers. You must be able to work with colleagues before, during and after an assignment. You must be able to demonstrate the ability to prepare for and offer support during assignments. You must be able to evaluate the working relationship with colleagues.

This unit is divided into two elements.
4.1 Plan for co-working
4.2 Delivering lipspeaking services as part of a team of lipspeakers.

This unit is for those who are working as a professional lipspeaker or who wish to achieve accreditation as a professional lipspeaker to work with deaf, deafened and/or deafblind people.

Performance criteria

4.1 Plan for co-working

  • Clarify your role and that of your colleague(s).
  • Negotiate how you and your colleague(s) will carry out the necessary preparation and research.
  • Negotiate with your colleague(s) to agree the order in which you will work during the assignment.
  • Negotiate with your colleague(s) where you will sit during the assignment to ensure the requirements of the service user are met.
  • Check that the work is allocated in the most effective way, making the most of your skills and those of your colleagues.
  • Agree methods of support and intervention for the duration of the assignment.
  • Agree appropriate alternative ways of working should the demands of the assignment change unexpectedly.

4.2 Deliver lipspeaking services as part of a team of lipspeakers 

You must be able to:

  • Organise your own activities effectively.
  • Be an effective member of a team.
  • Make efficient use of resources.
  • Inform colleagues promptly of any difficulties in meeting your responsibilities.
  • Give and receive support in various ways.
  • Ensure behaviour throughout the assignment is consistent with the code of conduct.

Knowledge and understanding

4.1 Plan for co-working

You must be able to:

  • How to communicate constructively within a team.
  • How to make constructive suggestions to improve the effectiveness of the team.
  • Techniques and accepted conventions of working as part of a team of lipspeakers.
  • Various methods of support and intervention.
  • The principles of professional practice.

4.2 Deliver lipspeaking services as part of a team of lipspeakers

You must be able to:

  • How to communicate constructively within a team.
  • How to make constructive suggestions to improve the effectiveness of the team.
  • Techniques and accepted conventions of working as part of a team of lipspeakers.
  • Various methods of support and intervention.
  • The principles of professional practice for lipspeakers.