In the role of communicator, speech therapists communicate with clients with the aim of obtaining and sharing information for effective care and counselling. Speech therapists take a client-oriented approach to communication and make decisions in consultation with the client. Speech therapists stimulate and support clients in finding and using information about their health problems. Speech therapists create common ground in order to handle the client’s request constructively and effectively. The goal is to encourage clients to take/maintain responsibility and participate optimally. Speech therapists communicate in a clear and culturally-sensitive way. This means being aware of their own norms and values and attuning these to the norms, values, preferences and communicative ability of clients. To ensure effective communication and interaction with clients, speech therapists are capable of switching between different communicative modalities (e.g. verbal and written modalities). Speech therapists document information about client contact according to relevant guidelines and store these in a written or an electronic file. When sharing information with the client and others, speech therapists respect the privacy and confidentiality of their clients.
 The communicator role describes the communication skills relating to client contact. Other communication skills are described in other roles, such as communication with team members in the role of collaborator, and presentation skills in the role of innovator.