Effective Communication with Children

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Effective communication is very important in building a positive relationship with children, young people and adults. Firstly if we do not communicate then how can any kind of relationship form and develop. Depending on the situation, circumstance and setting will interpret the way we communicate and the style in which we do it. The basics may stay the same although we don’t just use words we use body language, facial expressions and gestures. We as adults are role models to children and for them to behave appropriately and to understand about relationships we need to demonstrate this. Misunderstandings and unnecessary worry could be prevented if good communication exists, developing positive relationships is very important to help achieve a happy environment. Children will learn and develop more comfortably and confidently when good relationships have been formed. While in the work place communicating effectively with our colleagues can be beneficial in our role as it demonstrates that we are able to talk about job related issues and also helps to cement strong and trusting relationships. In the school setting when dealing with parents or any others effective communication will help us to gain their support. I feel one of the first principles of relationship building is to always introduce yourself wither it be child, young person or adult. Just simply taking the time to listen to others and showing you are interested will contribute to the making of a positive relationship. Everyone is entitled to an opinion so we should show respect by using eye contact and appropriate body language while they put forward their points of view. Show an interest in what people say to you by remembering personal details in their life for example an important event in their family or maybe a birthday as this will contribute greatly to building a relationship. The different social, professional and cultural contexts that may affect relationships and the way people communicate...
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