CONTENT SHOWN IN WEB FORMAT FOR EASIER VIEWING
(excerpted from chapter 4, pages 54-55)
Strategy #7 - Use Touch
The use of touch in communication is very important. It can calm and reassure us. It can be used to provide a non-verbal form of communicating information.
Touch also provides basic affection that all human beings need. Touch can say "I love you."
A wonderful way to use touch can be upon approach to let the person know you are there, especially if they have difficulty seeing or hearing. Touch will assure them of your friendly intentions. It also lets them know you are about to talk to them which will raise their attention and give them a moment to begin processing information.