Teaching & Training
At Total Communication we have qualified and experienced tutors and trainers offering a wide range of courses.
"This job came up by word of mouth. I was teaching a lady British Sign Language in the evenings before I joined TC and she works at Brookfield School. There are 2 autistic boys at the school who needed to learn more BSL and that is how my name was brought up.
I have been working there one morning a week for a year now and the school work really hard to raise the money to pay for me to come in and teach. The boys are a delight to work with. One of them is now 18 years old and the other is 12 years old.
At first, I was teaching vocabulary like colours, emotions, animals, people and so on. It quickly became apparent that the two boys are very different. The 18 year old comes from a deaf family and already has lots of BSL but he didn’t have clear handshapes which made it difficult for people to understand him and also he didn’t ask questions for himself, most of the time he copies people. My job was to help him become clearer to understand and to think for himself. Sometimes I was successful and sometimes not. It is a lovely challenge. The 12 year old speaks more than signs and my job was to get him to sign more, again sometimes it works and sometimes not.
I have learnt so much about the various autistic traits over the year and embedded it into my teaching style. I will be continuing to work with the boys after Easter."
- Suzanne Smith
Learning and Skills Development
We are delighted to be able to offer you courses to suit all ages.
- Deaf Awareness Training
- An Introduction to BSL
- BSL Level 1
- BSL Level 2
- 1 to 1 Tuition
Beans offer high quality training in all manner of areas from Disability Awareness to Presentation Skills.
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1 to 1 Tuition
Many deaf people who need extra support with their literacy and numeracy skills. Allow us to teach them these invaluable skills and boost their confidence. Our teachers use British Sign Language or Sign Supported English, most likely the Deaf person's first language, to enhance and improve functional and key skills for everyday life.
We offer an initial consultation with one of our specialist tutors to ascertain the needs of the Deaf person and to create a support plan.