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Chapter 6: Communication

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HealthWiki > Helping Children Who Are Blind > Chapter 6: Communication

Communication happens whenever:

  • one person sends a message, and
  • another person receives the message and responds.

A baby begins to communicate at birth, long before he learns to talk. Before a child can have a conversation with other people, he needs to learn many simple communication skills, like:

a woman speaking to a child as they both hold an object.
Give it to me.
a small child standing with arms stretched up.
1. understanding simple words
and requests
2. using gestures
a small child speaking while raising his arms.
a child speaking while smelling a flower.
Smells good
3. saying simple words 4. using short sentences

All these communication skills help a child feel close to his family. Later, these skills will help him learn to play with other children.