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Prelinguistic Communication

Long before children learn language, they communicate with gestures, vocalizations, facial expressions, and body language. This is known as prelinguistic (prior to language) communication. It may also be referred to as presymbolic or nonsymbolic communication.

Communication Matrix Community of Practice Introductory Video

Harmonious Interactions

Path to Symbolism

Teaching Prelinguistic Communication

Additional Resources

Analyzing Teacher/Children Interactions: What Makes Communication Successful?

Communication Matrix

Mutual Tactile Attention

Observational Overview for Programs with Students with Deaf-Blindness

Prelinguistic Communication Bibliography

Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching Bibliography

Using Cues to Enhance Expressive Communication

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