Understand How to Communicate with Children, Young People and Adults

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Learning Outcome 2 : Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults.

Explain the skills needed to communicate with children and young people.

We communicate with people every day, but sometimes we do not adjust our communication style to the audience or situation at hand. This can lead to confusion, hurt feelings, or misunderstandings. Learn how to adapt the way you communicate to different situations by considering the many factors that influence the effectiveness of your communication.
When communicating with children and young people a number of skills are necessary. These skills are inbuilt and we use them naturally without realising. Children learn to communicate through the responses and reactions of others.
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The way in which we interact with each other demonstrates how much we value each other’s opinions and input. Through the art of positive communication children can be made to feel part of the school community. Our behaviour and communication needs to be adapted according to the age of the child or young person. This is because they require different levels attention and reassurance depending on their age and any added factors which may be affecting them at the time. For example when they transfer to secondary school young people can feel fragile and emotionally vulnerable – as a result they may require a gentler approach and may also need to have more physical contact .The older a child gets the more they may need help with issues such as puberty and hormonal matters.
It is crucial to retain age appropriate vocabulary and to adapt responses tailored to the age, ability and needs of the child/young person.
The manner in which we engage with young people can depend on the situation and location. It is important to always speak to them from a a professional perspective but equally important to be able to use opportunities to create a more informal and relaxed approach.
If a child appears distracted this should be dealt with before it impacts negatively on your communication.
At times, if the conversation has become more informal and relaxed a pupil may feel sufficiently at ease to ask your personal
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