Only about 70-80% of communication is verbal, facial and bodily reactions count for a far greater communication methodology. However there are opposing theories in this area. Some people with learning difficulties do not use words. They tell you things using their bodies.
Supporters must get to know these people very well and tell them things in their own special way.
The provision of appropriate accessible or easy information has been recognized as a
right for people with learning difficulties (Department of Health 2001a). However,
there is a large and growing group of people with learning difficulties whose needs
cannot be met by the use of techniques such as short sentences and appropriate pictures
or technological support. People with high individual communication needs do not
use formal methods of communication such as speech, writing or symbols. They
communicate in their own unique way through their bodies, facial expressions,
sounds, eye gaze or pointing. Pp. Sue Thurman
Dec 8, 4663 01:14 PM