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Assignment 6– Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
a. Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adult
Effective communication is not just about speaking and listening. It is also about watching and feeling. Our body language and tone of voice actually communicate more strongly than the words we use. So, listening effectively involves tuning in closely to the other person’s body language and tone of voice as well as their words..
Communication is an act of being a good listener and understanding what the other person is trying to say. Communication is a useful tool, in speech and in writing, for conveying information to others in everyday transactions. Anyone can become a skilled communicator and effectively interact with others. For most of us, it's probably easier to be the talker than the listener. But we should try to really listen to what the other person is saying or at least trying to say, and if we are at all confused at what we are hearing, we need to ask more questions. Young adults are interested in talking in depth about themselves and about their relationships with others. They want to understand who they are becoming and what others think and feel about them.
Adolescents want to talk about how they are different from their parents and the rest of the world. Young adults are at a time when children typically act more negative and have more conflicts with their parents.
Young adults spend more time alone and with their friends and less time with their families. Encourage adolescent communication
Be actively sensitive and responsive to the adolescent experience. Remember, each adolescent is going through major social and physical changes; practice putting yourself in the adolescent's place when you find yourself disagreeing or growing impatient. Use conversation as an opportunity to keep up with adolescent activities and relationships. Stay interested in the adolescent and gently ask questions and seek explanations for adolescent behaviour. Although adolescents strive for independence and separation from the family, you can best maintain the relationship by providing a balance between expecting personal responsibility from the adolescent and offering consistent support. Be flexible. Seek to understand the adolescent perspective first before trying to be understood yourself. Maintaining the adult-child relationship is perhaps the most helpful thing that one can do for supporting the adolescent through these years. Recognize that the adolescent is developing ideas that may be different from your own. Unless these ideas place the adolescent in danger of harm to self or others, accept the adolescent's beliefs as an example of their developing individuality
b. Explain the principles of relationship building with children, young people and adults
When working with children, adults and/or young people communication is the most important thing to building a positive relationship. Having good communication skills will help us develop better relationships especially with younger people. Some students who lack in confidence may find it hard to communicate at all with us, so if we come across to that student in a positive and gentle manner they are more likely to open up to us and talk. We would not like to be spoken to in a negative way so therefore we should also be careful of how we speak to others too.
Non verbal communication can also develop positive relationships. For example if I feel that a student is coping in lesson without...
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