What is total communication?

This is a holistic view of communication, often using a range of modalities or even thinking “outside the box” to create a system of communication that works for an individual.

Total Communication (TC) is an approach to communicating that aims to make use of a number of modes of communication such as signed, oral, auditory, and written and visual aids, depending on the particular needs and abilities of the child.

Using any means and every means to communicate and/or receive a message.

Creating a best-fit system of communication to facilitate an individual to communicate, optimizing his skills and reducing his impairments.

A “catch-all” that ensures that an individual has access to some means of communication.

Facilitating and assisting each person by providing supports and opportunities to become involved and to actualize their potential.