How to sign total communication in American Sign Language

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Communication method

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands next to each other in front of your mouth with your palms oriented toward each other. Then, with your dominant hand in a "T" handshape and your non-dominant hand in a "C" handshape, move your hands in opposite directions toward and away from your face a couple of times.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of total communication

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of total communication

End of Sign

Final Frame of total communication

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for total communication
Curl in all of your fingers except for your thumb into your palm. Place the thumb in between your index and middle fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for total communication
Curve all of your fingers to form the shape of the letter 'C'.

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