Paraphrasing to Check Understanding

In view of adolescents' developing communication skills, it is important to make sure that you, the professional, understands that what they have just said matches what they meant to say! Summarizing what they have said and saying it back to them using different words is a useful strategy to help avoid misinterpretation on the part of the health professional.

Similarly, it is important to assess their understanding of what you have said! "What do you understand by 'barrier contraception'?" "Now that I have told you about arthritis, how would you explain it to your best friend?" "What does a unit of alcohol actually mean in terms of drinks?"

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