Communication with young children isn’t all about what we say, but how we say it. It is a key element to healthy growth of healthy children. Communication is more than just words, we communicate with words, looks and actions. Communicating positively with babies and young children helps them develop self confidence and solid relationships with others. Communication patterns and abilities vary greatly depending on the child’s individual experiences before they come into our nursery. For example, some children may be used to communicating a lot with parents and older siblings, while others may have very little social interaction. Some children talk a lot and are a lot more confident while others can be very shy, quiet and uninterested. The process of communicating with others begins at birth and continues to develop throughout life. Here are some guidelines that should be followed when communicating with young children. * Come down to the child’s level.
* Make eye contact.
* Use a gentle touch.
* Give clear instructions.
* Avoid confusing, mixed messages.
* Allow children to make choices.
* Don’t give too many instructions at once.
I feel the most important point to remember when communicating with children, is that we are the role models and it’s us as adults that are the child’s first means of communication. The children watch us very closely, whether we are aware or not. If we talk to others with kindness and respect, they will be likely to follow our lead and take on our manner, this follows Albert Banduras theory. He believed that children learn by copying/imitating others. He pointed out that although the child is in a pleasant environment, it is the behaviour and language skills that will influence on their development. We expect respectful communication from others so we should model how we expect to be treated.
Responsive communication includes many different ways of listening and communicating with others. In our...
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