Definition of Communication
Communication is the active process of exchanging information and ideas. Communication involves both understanding and expression. Forms of expression may include personalized movements, gestures, objects, vocalizations, verbalizations, signs, pictures, symbols, printed
words, and output from augmentative and alternative (AAC) devices.
When individuals communicate effectively, they are able to express needs, wants, feelings, and preferences that others can understand.
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National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities (NJC) topic areas list.
Beukelman, D. & Mirenda, P. (2013). Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Supporting Children & Adults with
Complex Communication Needs 4th Edition. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.