1.1 Communication is an integral part of everyday life, especially for children, Who may not be able to vocalise their needs, and be able to carry out their Own basic needs, there are many reasons for communication and these include: Expressing basic needs and requirements
Expressing distress, discomfort
To inform others of situations
Communication can also provide reassurance and comfort, it can help to diffuse situations, and it is also used to offer encouragement.
1.2 Communication effects relationships, in a positive way it can build trust and attachments.
Children in my care range in ages from a new-born, to age 10, and with the range of ages comes a range of communication skills.
The new born uses his cry as a main form of communication, to indicate his need to be fed, changed, winded, or just in need of a cuddle. His cry can be different for each need, and will increase in intensity should his needs not be met. A toddler that is beginning to learn words, may use pointing to communicate needs and Desires, but will possibly still revert to crying in moments of distress. An older child with full vocal skills may choose not to always use words to communicate They may at times use less obvious methods such as moods, and behaviour, these are usually used in times of distress.
Just as when communicating with adults the written word can be used, a child may use drawings or role play. Tears can be used to communicate both sadness and happiness.
It is important to remember that communication does not always come in obvious forms, and when dealing with children it will come in a wide variety of forms, and it is also important to communicate to them reassurance and support on a continuous basis.