Level 3 Ta Unit 1 2.1

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Unit 1 2.1 To communicate effectively with children and young people you need to be aware of their level of development and have an understanding of their cognitive and language abilities. You should always consider how to approach children and young people and how you want them to respond to you. By approaching with in a positive manner you will help a child/young person to feel more confident and comfortable in building a positive relationship with you. Always remember the importance of trust. When communicating with children and young people, facial gestures and body language and eye contact are extremely important. You need to make sure you speak clearly and slowly so that the child understands. You also have to actively listen to children/ young people. If you say you are listening but are looking away it gives the child or young person the message that you are not listening to them and are not really interested. Make sure that if someone is talking, you are giving them your full attention. You need to give the children your full attention and this may mean finding a quiet space so that you can actively listen to them without distractions from the others. Empathy is a great skill to hold whilst talking to children/young people because it helps us share their pain and to see the world through their eyes, when we do it often changes the decisions we make or actions we take. Give them the chance to speak or express themselves. In my environment during circle time/general chat sessions we use a talking stick where only the person holding the stick may talk and unless you are, you listen. Children/young people should always be given the time talk and be encouraged to ask questions, it’s the way they grow. For children that struggle to communicate whether through disability or choice you could use a variety of ways to communicate. In my

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