Non-formal communication

There are many non-formal communication methods and we all use them to communicate and connect with others.

People often think of communication as spoken, written or signed language.

However, meaningful connections and conversations can be developed between people using non-formal communication methods.

At Sense, we use a total communication approach that finds the right combination of communication methods for each person we support. We spend time with, and understand, each individual's unique means of communication. By doing this we can find meaningful ways of interaction and support every person to connect.

Types of non-formal communication

There are a range of non-formal techniques and approaches that people use to receive information and express 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 improvised forms of communication. These can include:

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

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