Total communication

The total communication approach is about using the right combination of communication methods for an individual to ensure the most successful forms of contact, information exchange and conversation.

Two hands holdingFor example, an individual may receive information via speech and signs while expressing themselves via signs and symbols.

Methods used include:

  • Body language
  • Facial expression
  • Objects of reference
  • Photographs
  • Drawings
  • Symbols
  • Written words
  • Vocalisation
  • Intonation
  • Verbalisation
  • Technology


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First published: Monday 21 May 2012
Updated: Tuesday 15 October 2013