What is Communication?

Simply stated, is a process of sharing information. Communicating is a two way interaction occurring between two people. Communicating is a social interface with another, it is an agreement of sorts, an understanding between two or more people. It can be like a game of volley ball, tennis, or ping pong, most often without the competitive element.

Communication consists of expressive language and receptive language it is a cognitive process, an understanding that has meaning or significance. Expressive language can be the telling or sharing of information, or requesting something from another person

Receptive language refers to receiving and comprehending a communication from another and responding to the person initiating the communication. You may be reading this, receiving information, processing it, attaching meaning and understanding- comprehending- this is the receptive process.

When you share the information with another it is the expressive process. When the other person receives the information, then responds using their expressive language, then the communicative process begins.

Communication can be verbal, or non verbal. Verbal communication manifests as the spoken word, the sound of living out loud with other human beings.

Non-verbal communication can manifest in the form of body language, posturing, visual gestures, and movement, for example, smiling at one another, waving of the hand to say “Hello” or pointing to tell someone to look at something or share an interest. Non-verbal communication can be in a visual format, photo, picture, or written, when it is shared or given to another person it is expressive and conveys the ‘communicative intent’.

About Mary

Hi! I have been providing services for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ages 3 through age 27, for twenty years. I also teach teachers and other professionals strategies and interventions to improve and develop communication skills, social understanding skills, and replacement of stereotypical behaviors. I try to create an awareness and empathic response with professionals working with families and caregivers living with the unique differences and challenges of ASD. My other goals include educating the public about ASD. ASD is a label that provides a common ground for discussing treatment, strategies, and other interventions to help the child or person. The label is not the child and vice-versa. Over the years I have observed many children develop communication skills, experience social success, and decrease and change stereotypical behavior into productivity. The children I work with are unique and wonderous. Like you and I they have specific interests and strengths that are valuable assets to their Quality of Life.
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