Meaning of total communication

to'tal communica'tion

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— (sometimes caps.)
  1. the theory or practice of incorporating all means of communication, including speech, speechreading, auditory training, sign language, and writing, in the education of deaf or hearing-impaired children.
  2. simultaneous communication by spoken language and sign language.
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