Explain how to communicate with children and young people in a way that is appropriate to the individual, using both conventional language and body language whilst actively listen to children and young people and value what they say, experience and feel. Communication is a vital factor for children and young people because it builds a child’s learning and their confidence. Therefore, it is important that in order to communicate effectively with them, a number of skills should be demonstrated and makes it appropriate to the individual. This means that the needs of pupils should always be met even when they have communication difficulties such as a speech and language disorder or sensory impairment. Although spoken language will be appropriate for most pupils, in school we often have to use body language and gestures to get your point across. And in some cases you will have to go for additional training if a child or young person that you support uses sign language or Braille (electronic methods of communication). This means that if you get concern about a particular pupil around issues of communication, you need to raise this issue with the teacher or SENCO in order for child or young person to get additional support. Responding appropriately to children and young persons’ needs, gives them a sense of value, reinforces their self-esteem and builds language skills. Usually you do this by actively listening to what they are saying and communicating with them correctly. Signs to give to children and young people that you are listening: * Giving full attention when listening to children and young people so that they feel that they get the sense of feeling that you are interested in what they are saying. * React with body language or appropriate expressions so that they can see that you have understood what they are saying. * Giving time to think what they are saying will give them the reassurance that you respect and will wait for their...
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