Nonverbal Communication Program

Nonverbal CommunicationBeaumont's program is designed to help individuals who have lost some or all of their ability to speak and, possibly, to read or write. In most cases, this is after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral aneurysm, tumor, AVM, or other neurological disorder.

Recommendation of an appropriate system, individual practice, and family involvement are part of the program. The appropriateness of an augmentative communication device also is evaluated.

Also, groups for nonverbal communicators are an important part of the program. Groups can encourage practice and interaction to carry over into everyday situations.

The nonverbal communication program can include:

  • Customized communication planners
  • Electronic communication devices
  • Adaptive aids for communication
  • Specific solutions and strategies to help communication

How can someone who is nonverbal (i.e. someone who has lost their ability to speak and possibly to read or write) communicate with others?
An individual who has lost this ability must be thoroughly evaluated for speech, language and cognitive abilities to determine what alternative method of communication is appropriate. Methods include us of: an electronic device, a personalized communication planner, and multi-modality strengths such as a combination of gestures, drawing, and words. Proper evaluation, training, and family involvement are necessary for any alternative method to work.