Communication & Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

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Communication & Professional Relationships With Children, Young People And Adults Communication is important for developing relationships. It is like a “two way road”; communication is how you interact with people and how you react to them - hopefully all done in a positive manner! If we can get on with all types of people, including people of all ages (children and adults), all cultures and adults in a range of different contexts (colleagues, parents and other educational professionals), passing on information or exchanging information becomes easy, and therefore becomes more efficient. Whatever our role we have in school, we are a role model for pupils; depending on ourselves this can be positive or a negative one. With this in mind, we have a responsibility to demonstrate positive communicational skills to colleagues and pupils. In reality it means being careful of what we say, how we say it, and conducting ourselves in socially acceptable manner towards other people. While at school pupils, develop social skills as well as academic skills and knowledge. As a result of inadequate communication, misunderstanding, confusion and even avoidance or confrontations may occur between the individuals or parties that are involved. With this in mind it is essential to consider how to interact and react to people and think what messages that are being sent out (consciously or subconsciously). All relationships that you encounter (either professionally or privately) will require a little effort to make them work from time to time. Extra time and consideration is required when communicating with people with some sort of communication difficulty such as deafness, a stutter or a difficulty that isn’t immediately obvious. We should never judge their intelligence based on their difficulty, something that a number of people do, being patronizing could embarrasses them and as a result they fail to develop that particular relationship. The Principles Of Building Relationships

Effective Communication
This is a key term that covers different principles of relationships. Everything underneath the “umbrella” includes different factors of effective communication. For example listening to others, showing respect, and being considerate all contribute to effective communication. Showing Respect

Everyone is different; they have different backgrounds, values and opinions. From time to time there may be a difference of opinion, but a mutual respect has to develop to ensure effective communication. By avoiding this person due to their opinion, you could fail to pick up some useful information. Being courteous and respectful to everyone is important; to earn respect you need to give it. Being Considerate

Walk a mile in their shoes. Try to understand why a person is behaving in a particular way. They may need time to think, or need somebody to talk to. Just because you’re feeling great, don’t expect everyone else to. An example of being thoughtful and considerate could be making a cup of tea for a member of staff who is under pressure and feeling stressed. Remembering issues which are important to them

In plain English this is about remembering their name in class or asks about a sibling that they know from before. It is showing that you are taking an interest in them. In turn they may ask how you are. By offering a small amount of information, helps to build a positive relation with them. This is particularly useful when you are a cover supervisor; they are more likely to respond to you. Listen to others

Listening to others is a very difficult skill to acquire. Although obtaining this skill does have its benefits. For example people will find talking to you easy and comfortable, and therefore are more likely to confide in you. To become a good listener you need to take time to listen, show an interest in the person and respond (husbands have a bad reputation as they don’t respond appropriately when they are being spoken to, because...
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