The acquisition of appropriate communication skills is an integral component of a life skills program. Communication skills involve both receptive and expressive language (listening and speaking). All other areas of the program depend, to some extent, on an individual’s ability to communicate effectively.

The following ways of Communication Skills are to serve as a guide when choosing specific goals for students in developmental programs. The specific components of each students program will vary with age, strengths and needs.

Receptive:
1. Attentive Listening
2. Informational Listening
3. Critical Listening
4. Appreciative Listening

Expressive:
1. Oral Communication:
2. Augmentative Communication: