You have been asked to help admit a deaf person who can lip-read. As they have never been able to hear, their voice is quite difficult to understand. Identify 8 nonverbal skills that will help you to communicate with this person.

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There are many types of nonverbal communication that would help you communicate with a deaf person is this situation, especially a person who can read lips. Let's look at some nonverbal skills you could use to help the person feel comfortable and to get your message across.

Body movements or gestures are an important aspect of nonverbal communication. You might tilt your head to the side or put your palms up, for example, if you want to indicate that you are asking a question. Leaning toward a person and nodding shows interest and connection.

Facial expressions are also important. You can indicate your emotions, for instance. Eye contact goes along with facial expressions and indicates connection and openness. Touch may help you get someone's attention or reassure or guide the person. Even your posture can speak volumes about whether you are open or closed to a situation and how you are feeling.

Nonverbal communication can also rely on objects. You may, for instance, show a person a document or pull up a chair to invite him or her to sit down. The space you place between yourself and another person also communicates a message, perhaps of comfort or discomfort, for instance.

Finally, your physiology and that of the person you are communicating with can send messages. For example, people often sweat when they are stressed and upset or blink a lot when they are confused and struggling.

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