Braidwood Trust School for the Deaf uses a Total Communication approach to the delivery of education. Total Communication (TC) is a philosophy of educating deaf learners that incorporates all means of communication; formal signs, natural gestures, fingerspelling, body language, listening, lipreading and speech. Braidwood learners typically wear hearing aids or cochlear implants. Our goal is to optimise language development in whatever way is most effective for the individual learner. Total Communicaton is truly a philosophy rather than a methodology. As a result, the implementation of the TC philosophy with one learner may look entirely different from its implementation with another learner.