Ccld Level 5 Outcome 4.3

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Unit 137 OUTCOME 4.3 BY DEBRA PRICE Children and young people need to trust adults in order for them to be able to answer their questions. The answers should always be answered honestly, and in some instances children will ask many questions as they come to terms as to what may be happening to them. This can be very difficult as adults like to see children happy rather than upset adults do not always listen to children correctly and acknowledge their feelings. Listening to children is critical as we can then learn what they are thinking and how they feel, they could be feeling resentful or have feelings of anger and disappointment, children should be encouraged to speak openly without feeling they have to hold back e.g. “you don’t mean that” attitude . Listening to children also means that we acknowledge their feelings, and by doing this it helps they feel they are being taken seriously in turn they are helped to confront feelings. Reassuring children as they go through these transitions and telling them that other children may be going through he same thing and have experienced the same feelings. Allowing them to express their feelings of fear or anxiety can help reassure them. Structured approaches There are lots of ways adults can help children and young adults through transitions, the age/stage of the child is an important factor to the professionals, these are usually :- bereavement consolers, play therapists, parents and voluntary organisations. Play activities Many types of play activities that can help children except or come to terms with what may be happening to them and are an aid in getting them to “open up”. Play activities can include sand and play dough and water. Books and stories Books can be a big help with children and their transitions as they can help them to
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