KS Deaf-Blind Educators > Communication
Every sign in signed communication—whether the sign comes from American Sign Language, Signing Exact English (SEE), or another sign language/system—is made up of four parameters.
Communication requires a person to send a message and another person to receive or understand the message. Receptive communication is the process of receiving and understanding a message.
Many students who are deaf-blind need a variety of communication systems for their different needs and settings. Using objects for communication is a form which is easily understood by most listeners in both new and familiar situations.
It is common for teachers as well as other education and service providers to meet an individual with deaf-blindness and/or multiple disabilities for the first time, and not know how to communicate with that individual
Individuals with dual sensory impairments may show beginning communication skills in many ways. This communication may take the form of body movement, gestures, facial expressions, vocalizing, use of objects or people, pointing to pictures, or more formal systems.
Everyone communicates Children who are deafblind are communicating all the time. Some children communicate in very obvious ways: speech, signed communication, sign language, pictures and drawings, voice output boards, etc.
Often children will participate in exciting activities at school or at home. We want them to share this excitement and “talk” to others about the activity — either at home or at school.
Some students who are deaf-blind cannot express some or all of what they want to communicatethrough speech, sign language, fingerspelling, or writing.