There are thousands of ways to communicate and connect – be it through speech, sign language, touch, movement, gesture, sound, pictures, objects or electronic aids.
We’ll use whatever works. We call this our ‘total communication’ approach.
Common ways of communicating include:
- Sign language.
- Makaton, a simpler version of sign language.
- Braille uses raised dots to touch.
- Deafblind Manual spelling words on to your hand.
How Sense can help
We offer free and impartial information about living with complex disabilities, including deafblindness.
Different ways of communicating
Whatever mix of methods you use, a total communication approach will make it easier and more enjoyable to connect meaningfully with someone who communicates differently from you.
Remember, it’s never too late to start learning a new way of communicating. Have a go and don’t worry about getting it wrong.
Total communication is also about creating a positive environment that will help you communicate and interact.
For example, this may mean:
- Changing the lighting in the room.
- Reducing the amount of background noise.
- Moving position so that you can see or hear better.
- Reducing clutter or removing things that are distracting.
This content was last reviewed in April 2022. We’ll review it again next year.