Communicating with Children and Young People

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301. COMUNICATION AND PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS. * 301.1. Understand the principles of developing positive relationship with children, young people and Adults. The principle of a positive relationship with Children, young people and adults is to be comfortable with the person you are talking with and trust them. In a situation where a child/ adult feel frightened or undermined or not heard, he or she may not open up. The foundation of a good relationship is trusting, As Adults who work with children, we can help develop our relationship with them by doings things that build their trust. For example if we keep a promise we made to them, this will show the child we are trustworthy. It is important that find effective ways to communicate positively with children, young people and Adults. Children and young People have various ways to communicate, while some may use their speech. Others have some speech impairment, as Adults working with them. We can encourage them to communicate by using Pecks, symbols, intensive interaction. For example, you can use a symbol for toys to help a child choose which toys they prefer to play with. Communication is a two way process, which involves listening as well as speaking. Being a good listener is more important that just remaining silent for the sake of it but, seeing things from the other person point of view and how they feel. By doing this the person involves feels supported and understood. This will help us build positive relationships with children, young people and adults. If for some reason we are unable to give our attention to someone when they want to speak, we should let them know and come back to them once we are free to listen and give them our full attention, even if it means finding a quiet place. We often hear people ‘say it is not what you said it is how you say
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