Shc21-1.3 Individuals Reactions.

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SHC21-1.3 - Individuals Reactions. Observing individuals reactions whilst communicating with them is very important as you need to be aware of causing offence to those individuals, which is exactly what you do not wish to do. When you talk to adults or children you must take into account their feelings, opinions, culture and what they would like to say. Be patient and give them time to talk to you about what they are feeling. Always be sensitive and understanding, you may have to adjust or adapt what you want to say by ensuring you say it the right way to convey your message, your feelings or ensure opinions are expressed clearly with no misunderstanding without giving offence to the individual. As a practitioner you should provide encouragement to children and parents, reassurance and any necessary information. Some individuals are quite confident to voice their feelings or opinions openly, others may be less able to express their views. If the latter you may need to observe body language, facial expressions and what they don’t say to show you how they are feeling so that you can use this to communicate effectively with them. Another reason it may be hard to verbally communicate is if English is not their first language and you will have to use body language and maybe actions, especially to help the children understand what you are saying, and also speak very clearly in a friendly tone. Always approach individuals in an open, friendly manner. Observe their facial expressions, if they look puzzled try to explain more clearly and in detail, if they look upset try to give them reassurance and encourage them to express their feelings, but not too much as this may offend also. If they move away slightly respect their decision as they may feel a bit uncomfortable. Always ask if they have any questions and that you would be happy to answer. As a practitioner your
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