Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

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TDA31-1.1 Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults.

We have to communicate with other adults in a clear, precise and understanding way to show them that we are listening to them and that we respect them and their opinions, if we communicate in this way few misunderstandings will occur and a positive relationship can be built. From my own experiences of working alongside other adults over the years it has shown me that communication is very important so that everyone can do their jobs effectively. In the past I worked in a large and very busy accounts office working as part of a team to meet monthly deadlines, without good communication skills the deadlines would not have been met. I have also experienced that when a person doesn’t have effective communication skills they are often mis-judged by others which can lead to allsorts of negativity between colleagues and can sometimes cause huge problems at work. It is especially important that as adults we communicate effectively and get along with our colleagues whilst working in the classroom environment, as children can easily pick up on animosity and bad atmospheres. We need to remember that us as adults must communicate in a positive way to teach children how to communicate, we are their role models.

I have been volunteering in a local school as a teaching assistant with year 3 children for a while now and have found that when I first started the children were a little apprehensive as probably was I. A lot of the children would be quite shy and quietly spoken with me as I was a strange lady in there classroom!. I have found though that as the weeks have passed because the way I have been around them, giving them lots of praise, positive comments, eye contact, listening to them, and getting down to their level when talking, that they have changed their attitudes towards me now and have started to confide in me if they...
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