Communication with Children

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Demonstrate how to adapt communication with children and young people for: a) the age and stage of development of the child or young person b) the context of the communication c) communication differences. In order to build relationships with children I must adapt my behaviour and communication accordingly. Children of all ages, cultures and abilities need to feel secure and valued and my interactions with them need to demonstrate this. Through positively communicating with, and being involved with children I show them that they are part of the school community. To treat children equally a variety of unequal factors need to be taken into account in order to meet their entitlement as pupils. If my communications with the children are to be effective the factors that I must consider are: * The child’s age and stage of development * The context of the communication * Any communication differences In order for the communications to be pitched at the right level I need to know my pupils on a personal and professional basis, avoid any pre-judgements and fixed expectations and look for creative and individual solutions. a) The age and stage of development Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. When communicating with a child or young person I take into account their age, stage of development, ability and expectations and ensure my communicative approach is appropriate to them. Where necessary I adapt my style of communication and use appropriate communication systems that meet the child’s needs and abilities. Children of a young age will have different levels of requirements and attention that that of an older child. When children start in our Reception classes they need lots of support and reassurance in order for them to adjust to the school environment and develop their independence. When communicating with younger children

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