Total Communication is an approach that many therapists and settings take, when working with children and adults with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Speech is the most common form of communication and is used daily with children and adults of various abilities. Total Communication encourages the use of other communication methods, to support a child or adults understanding and use of language.
What is Total Communication?
Total communication includes;
- Body Language
- Facial Expression
- Sign and Gesture
- Written Words
- Contextual Cues
- Challenging Behaviour
Who uses Total Communication?
Anyone can use Total Communication! Total Communication is encouraged with children and adults who may have Speech and Language Difficulties, Autism Spectrum Conditions, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Learning disabilities and Multi sensory impairment.
Parents, Speech and Language Therapists, family, friends, peers, teachers, teaching assistants, carers or anyone who spends time with a child or adult with communication difficulties should use a Total Communication approach. Particularly using methods of communication which are a strength to that child or adult.
Why use Total Communication ?
If you would like to make your home environment or setting more accessible, and you would like to adapt a Total Communication approach, get in touch with us and one of our therapists can provide the support and training you may need.