Communication is always possible.
- Use the person’s name.
- Use gestures such as nodding, hand and facial expressions.
- Keep sentences short and specific.
- Communicate in an age-appropriate way.
- Understand the way the person likes to communicate.
- Provide options visually and verbally. For example, if you are offering tea or coffee, show a tea bag and a jar of coffee.
- Understand that people can express their choice in different ways such as touching, looking, pointing, and sound or communications boards.
- Be patient and avoid reading what a person is typing onto their communication device, wait for the device to speak on their behalf.