Expressive communication involves sending a message to another person(s) to (a) make something happen or (b) stop something that is already happening. See the (NCDB fact sheet). As you look at the figure below, you will notice that, initially, the communication techniques are simple and concrete. As you move across the map you will see that the ways to communicate become more complex.
Parents should be given a copy of the completed assessment and a copy should be placed with the child's records. Too often, during periods of transition, the child's communication system is not planned or maintained. When that occurs, valuable time may be wasted by (a) changing the child's program when the current one is working, (b) trying to teach communication techniques that didn't work in the past, or (c) teaching techniques the child already knows
For more information, see The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness fact sheet Expressive Communication.
Click on the link at the bottom of your screen for descriptions of the expressive communication forms.