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Communication- it is the key to our interaction with each other. The spoken word is just a small part of it. A great deal of our communication with each other is nonverbal. Every day, we respond and communicate with each other through our facial expressions, eye gaze, gestures, body language, tone of voice, the way we dress, and our behaviors. If you are supporting, working with, or have a loved one who does not use the spoken word as a means of communication, it is essential to make sure they have a number of communication strategies that works for them, to ensure that their wants, needs, concerns, desires are heard. This is a great article that has some super tips around 23 different ways to communicate. It may give you some ideas, on how to make sure that everyone is given the chance to express their basic human rights and needs, and are included. Some of the clearest language and communication I have ever received was not verbal.