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Adapting Communication in Children and Yound People

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TDA31-2.2 Explain how to adapt communication with children and young people for: * The age of the child or young person
* The context of the communication
* Communication differences.

Building relationships is important in children and young people. You need to adapt your behavior and communication accordingly. Assessing the situation and environment you are in. It is important that children in all situations feel secure and have a sense of value from you. Your interaction with them should show this. You need to be able to create a positive relationship with children and young people this in turn will create a positive relationship, which will allow them to feel, accepted as part of the school community.

* Age of a child or young person.

Different ages will require different levels of attention. It is up to you to be able to differentiate the different levels. A younger child may need assurance and more physical contact rather than an older child. As a child mature the physical contact is reduced and instead there is an increase level of confidence needed. They will need more help in expressing their opinions and thought across as well as involving themselves in discussion. Adapting your vocab is a good way to help progress in these levels as well as your response. Reacting positively by listening and responding to them accurately will help in their progress of effective communication.

For example – In the table below you can see the different levels of attention and interaction needed to different age groups

2 year olds| 5 year olds|
* Understanding more * Physical contact * Assurance * Large vocab (more than 300 words) * Starting to ask questions – Wanting to learn through response * Speech sounds developed with slight difficulty in more difficult soundsWays to adapt to these situations * If a...