Nonverbal Communication and Young People

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

It is important to communicate with children in a way that is clear and appropriate to their ages, needs and abilities. When communicating with children it would be ideal to get down to the child’s level, to speak in an appropriate language that they understand, to approach the child calmly/quietly and to be mindful of their age. When communicating with adults, some good techniques to use would be to make continuous eye contact to show that you are taking interest in conversation, to be conscious of your body language, to be prepared to listen and to nod every now and then so that is acknowledges their attention.

Effective communication will normally require excellent communication skills such as the use of appropriate non verbal skills; these will be facing the person, leaning in slightly towards them and smiling using open handed gestures. Very young children may find it very hard to express themselves on their thoughts and feelings through word or they can even attempt to express them very poorly; because of this, it would be important for adults working with a child in this predicament to listen to them carefully and support and help pupils to express themselves confidently by providing what they need. Children are “social learners” they will normally learn by imitating others, when working with children it would be ideal for us as adults to model good communication in both speaking and listening so that children can learn by copying this. Children and young people will always need to know that they are being listened to and heard correctly, this helps children to build up strong relationships and trust with adults. It will promote better relationships overall. The sooner and better that a child learns how to communicate effectively with others, the easier it will become for them to form friendships which will increase their...
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