Communicating with Children

Topics: Communication / Pages: 11 (2584 words) / Published: Jun 30th, 2013
Critically discuss the range of factors that affect communication with children.
How can practitioners become better at communicating with the children they work with?

‘Communication is fundamental to development’ (Crow et al, 2008, p.11). This essay will therefore critically discuss how certain factors can affect communication and how practitioners may be able to overcome these barriers in their daily practice. It will begin with a definition of communication, and then state some of the different ways we communicate on a daily basis. It will move on to explain the importance of these interactions, and illuminate how cultural, social, environmental and emotional factors can create barriers and affect communication with children. Finally, it will consider ways practitioners can become better at communicating with the children they work with.
The word ‘communication’ basically means ‘to share’ and its desired outcome is understanding. It is a part of our basic drive to form relationships and is based on ‘theoretical knowledge, cultural understanding and experience’ (Crow et al, 2008, p.7). It involves an ‘interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information’ (www.definitions.net/definition/communication) which are transmitted through body language, ‘touch, listening, tone of voice, gesture, playing, observing, reassuring, explaining […] and reflecting’ (Crow et al, 2008, p.7). Effective communication can be beneficial to children and their welfare as it allows them to gain an identity, develop psychologically and intellectually, form and sustain social relationships, and express themselves emotionally. However, transmission channels between adults and children are not always straightforward, resulting in barriers to their communication skills which can cause ‘confusion, discriminat[ion], alienat[ion], […] or create problems’ (Crow et al, 2008, p.7).
One such barrier is seen due to cultural differences. Through efficient communication, children learn the social



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