Non-formal communication

There are many non-formal ways of communicating that we all use to communicate with others. It isn’t simply what we say, write or sign.

At Sense, we use a total communication approach  which means that we find the right combination of communication methods for each person we support. We spend time with, and get to know, each individual's unique means of communication so that we can find meaningful ways for them to interact and connect with others.

Types of non-formal communication

There are a range of non-formal ways that people use to receive information and express their feelings, wants and choices.

Some people with complex disabilities, including many individuals who are congenitally deafblind or have additional learning disabilities, will use non-verbal forms of communication. These can include:

  • Gestures
  • Making sounds
  • Pointing
  • Changes in breathing patterns
  • Eye pointing
  • Facial expression
  • Body language

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Watch Annie playing and how she makes it clear what she likes and wants to do!

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