Communicating Effectively

Communicating Effectively with People with Developmental Disabilities

Tool Objective

This tip sheet offers information for primary care providers regarding communicating effectively with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The tool assists clinicians to choose appropriate language, engage in active listening, provide clear explanations, and when necessary communicate effectively without using words.

Developed by

The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative (2011), Surrey Place, Toronto

The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program is currently in the process of updating this 2011 practice resource to reflect the Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines (Canadian Family Physician, Vol 64: April 2018). Updated practice resources are scheduled to be launched in October 2018.