Tda 2.3 Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

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TDA 2.3 communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults 1.2 Describe with examples how to behave appropriately for a child or young person's stage of development. Children at different ages of their life would be going through different stages of their development, which means the support and way in which we should behave towards children should be accordingly. A young child who would be going nursery or younger have only a limited vocabulary, which means our facial expressions and body language, should indicate what we are trying to tell them. Moreover, we should use very simple language, so they understand. We should become more enthusiastic and energetic so that child would be encouraged to play. Children at this age would cry for very simple things. Therefore we are the ones that should calm them down and comfort them. You might find that children at this age may imitate adults. Therefore it is essential that we behave in a very good mannered way, so that we could be good role models for them. When talking to them we should keep eye contact and smile, so they do not feel intimidated by us. Similarly with children who are a bit older you should keep eye contact and approach them a smile. We should also listen very carefully to what they are saying and show that you are very interested too, as the children can get very annoyed when do not have your full attention. Make sure that you come down to their level so that you don't look intimidated to them. We can also put an arm around them to comfort them or a pat on the shoulder. We should also be very enthusiastic and praise them when they achieve something small or big. When working with children that are 9-12, we should talk to them acknowledging the fact that they are old enough to form an opinion. Therefore it is essential to listen to them when they
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