Total Communication

Speech, speech reading, finger spelling, natural gestures and the use of residual hearing

Uses an English-based sign language system which can include speech, speech reading, finger spelling, natural gestures and the use of residual hearing.

 

PRIMARY GOALS

  • To provide a bridge to the development of spoken language in the very young child.
  • To provide communication between the child and his/her family, teachers and peers using sign language.
  • To support integration into both the hearing and the Deaf communities.

 

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (receptive)

The child develops language through speech reading, listening and exposure to a combination of speech and sign-based systems in English order.

 

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE

Spoken English using sign language in English word order, and written English.

 

HEARING

Consistent and appropriate use of hearing technology (hearing aids, cochlear implant(s), FM system)  is strongly encouraged.

 

FAMILY/PRIMARY CAREGIVER RESPONSIBILITIES & GUIDANCE

  • Families are expected to learn and consistently use the chosen English-based sign language system.
  • Parents need to work with the child’s teacher(s) and/or therapist(s) to learn strategies that promote language expansion.