Development of a measure to assess effective listening and interactive communication skills in the delivery of children’s rehabilitation servicesDisability and Rehabilitation (2012)
Purpose: Therapists’ listening and communication skills are fundamental to the delivery of children’s rehabilitation services but few measures comprehensively assess these skills. The 24-item Effective Listening and Interactive Communication Scale (ELICS) was developed to reflect a multifaceted conceptualization based on evidence in the literature.
Method: Data from 41 pediatric rehabilitation therapists (occupational, physical, speech-language, recreation, and behavioural therapists; psychologists and social workers) were used to determine the factor structure, internal consistency, and construct validity of the subscales.
Results: The measure contains four subscales with very good to excellent reliability: Consensus-oriented, Exploratory, Receptive, and Action-oriented Listening. Content validity was ensured by the development process.
Conclusions: The ELICS portrays listening as a purposeful, goal-oriented, and relational activity. The measure allows clinicians to assess and reflect on their listening/communication skills, and can be used to evaluate professional development activities and interventions geared to improving these skills.
Implications for Rehabilitation
- Therapists’ listening and effective communication skills are essential to the successful delivery of children’s rehabilitation services, but few measures comprehensively assess these skills.
- Clinical encounters in pediatric rehabilitation involve various types of listening/communication skills: receptive listening, exploratory listening, consensus-oriented listening, and action-oriented listening.
- The ELICS is a valid and context-appropriate tool for the self-assessment of listening and communication skills in the context of pediatric rehabilitation practice.
- The ELICS allows clinicians (e.g., occupational, physical, and speech-language therapists) to assess and reflect on their listening/communication skills and may enhance the relationship-based practice of clinicians who provide therapy services to children with disabilities and their families.
- professional training,
Citation InformationKing, G., Servais, M., Bolack, L., Shepherd, T., & Willoughby C. (2012). Development of a measure to assess effective listening and interactive communication skills in the delivery of children’s rehabilitation service. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(6), 459-469. doi:10.3109/09638288.2011.608143