A network to share best practices for children with special needs
We use many tools on a day-to-day basis. We use tools such as a hammer or screwdriver to help us manipulate, create or fix things. We use our phone or calendar as an external memory strategy tool so appointments and events don't have to be memorized in our head.
We also use many tools to communicate our wants and needs. We express and receive an enormous amount of information from visual feedback whether it’s from our facial expressions, intonation or inflection in our voice, how we stand and even how we manipulate and use our hands.
Our hands play a large role in communication. You may know some people who literally “speak” with their hands as they flail around when they talk. Others use their hands for signing as their main tool of communication because of a hearing impairment. We can also teach babies to commuicate with their hands before they're able to talk. Babies actually have the ability to point or gesture in order to express their needs. Regardless of how our hands are used, they're a beneficial tool which aids in communication.
- A srong handshake may represent a strong personality versus the opposite for a weaker personality.
- Pointing is important in the role of communication when trying to give an example or emphasize an object in a conversation.
- Hands in the pocket can be a sign of comfortability, confidence and relaxation.
- Hands on the hips make the elbows wide and the body appear larger. This can be a sign of readiness, power or aggression.
- Hands over the body can be a sign of defensiveness.
- Hands behind the back can represent anger, frustration or apprehension.
- Rubbing hands can represent anticipation.
- Tapping or drumming of hands can represent impatience.
Do you find yourself using your hands to communicate? Leave a comment about the gestures you make with your hands, and what you’re communicating.