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    STUDIA PSYCHOLOGIA-PAEDAGOGIA - Issue no. 2 / 2006  
         
  Article:   IMPROVING INTERACTIONS USING THE TOTAL COMMUNICATION APPROACH.

Authors:  ANDREA HATHAZI.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  Deafblind children can use a wide range of modes and systems of communication to express needs, feelings, interests, to initiate and maintain conversations and to relate with the environment. The deafblind child should be allowed to use the system of communication that is the most efficient to him, taking into consideration his functional hearing and vision, intellectual development, use of concepts, previous experiences. The most adequate approach is total communication. Communication skills, acquiring language are not results of a natural process, as there are for an able child. A deafblind child has to learn how to develop these abilities, because of the reduced possibility of imitation and perception of information from the environment. The School of Palo Alto affirms that communication is inevitable. This is why after identifying the mode and system of communication used by the deafblind child, and the level of development of communication that he has reached, one of the aims in intervention is to enlarge the environment that the deafblind children communicates with. He has to engage in meaningful conversations with members of the family, staff, people from shops, neighbourhood,etc. Efficient communication determins the increase of quality of life and assures social inclusion.  
         
     
         
         
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