There are many ways that we communicate without speech every day, this is often referred to in literature and by professionals as non-verbal communication.


We communicate nonverbally when we point to something, give a child a look of disapproval, raise our eyebrows in response to an event or laugh spontaneously at something funny. When you understand how we communicate without speech daily it is easy to realise that we communicate more without speech than we do with speech. Therefore it is important to  respond to  communication without speech by validating it and valuing it as we would do for someone who was speaking to us.


It is true that talking with somebody who communicates without speech, or speaks a different language to us (i.e. on a visit to a different country) can take more concentration as we have to listen with all of our senses not just our ears. In this section I hope to bring together some of the ways people have communicated with me over many years,  and at new ways that people teach me as I continue to learn from those that cannot speak/have limited language but use effective ways of communicating without/alongside speech.


This section then, is relevant to those caring for a child/adult who has no speech or limited speech and equally for those that are making presentations or have to communicate with the public and may struggle with their non-verbal communication. This section will cover a wide spectrum of  ideas and topics. If there is anything you would like to see covered, please let me know on the contact form and I will see what information I can find to add on for you.