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The three main functions of communication are

  • requesting
  • informing
  • rejecting

What is communication?

Communication is any means by which a person exchanges a message with another person.

Although we all communicate with each other every day, we rarely stop to think about what it is and why it is so important to us.

Without communication we wouldn’t be able to interact with our family and friends. We wouldn’t be able to work and we certainly wouldn’t be able to share a joke.

Can you imagine your life without communication?

Although language is the main way we communicate, we also communicate by writing, drawing, making gestures, facial expression, body language, tone of voice and even how close we stand to people.

Babies first learn to communicate non-verbally - or without language.

Your baby will first learn the functions of communication, and then will gradually develop the language skills to express those functions.


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