Discover the impact of total communication for children and adults with deafblindness.
Any and all means of communication are developed and encouraged each day. Language is modeled in the form of speech and sign language, and students are encouraged to use any combination of communication methods that work best for them. For our residential students, the Total Communication philosophy is carried out past the regular school day into the Perkins cottages and we collaborate with families to support communication skills at home.
At Perkins, we know the success of Total Communication starts with a sense of trust. That’s why our dedicated educators and staff spend many hours learning as much as they can about each child, while the child gets the opportunity to become comfortable being around the teacher.
Our holistic approach helps us meet each student at his or her own level of communicative ability, and may include any or all of the following:
A Total Communication environment is designed around a child’s individual strengths and needs. While there are many communication methods, knowing the best approach for your child is the key to success–and we can help!
Any and all means of communication are developed and encouraged throughout our Deafblind Program. Our holistic approach helps us meet each student at his or her own level of communicative ability, and may include any or all of the following:
Touch Cues, Gestures, Objects, Tactile Symbols, Pictures/Visual Systems, Print/Braille, Assistive Technology (AT) and/or Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Low and High Tech, Speech/Voice, Sign Language, and/or Tactile Sign Language
Yes. All children and young adults, ages 3-21, who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for evaluation services at Perkins.
You’ll find many helpful materials and stories in the Total Communication section of our Resource Center [link to Total Communication category page]. To learn more, contact us at Deafblind@Perkins.org or
A Total Communication approach is most successful when your child can rely on consistency in how others communicate with him or her.