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Positive Relationships with children

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Types of non-verbal communication What is this non-verbal communication? How does this help us communicate with children? Tone of voice Tone of voice is not so much as what you say; it is the manner in which you say it. It's also the tone in which you convey it. So, how loud or quiet you speak to the child. This helps us communicate with children because the children can then sense from how we say something if we are angry or happy with them which will help us develop a relationship. Facial Expressions Facial expression is communicating information about emotions. So smiling, frowning, winking etc.... This helps us communicate with children because we can convey information to the children. (smile - being good or frown - disappointed). Stance Stance is the way you stand. Either literally, or figuratively. So sitting, standing, kneeling etc... This helps us communicate with children because when we talk to children we should get down to their level to show that we are interested and that we are listening to them. Gestures Gesture is the motion of the limbs or body to help express a thought or to emphasize speech. So pointing or waving etc... This helps us communicate with children by communicating particular messages. ...read more.


Child is crying because another child took his toy, so the EYP goes down to his level and asks him what happened 2. Child is playing in the sand while the teacher is talking, so the EYP goes over and goes down to his level and reasons with him to go and listen to the teacher instead of playing in the sand * Asks for information 1. "Can you tell me what this is?" 2. "How many fingers do I have?" Are these types of verbal communication effective and do children respond appropriately? * Labelling - Labelling is a very effective type of verbal communication because it helps the children develop an understanding of what is theirs and where their belongings are. Children respond to appropriate labelling because they will take responsibility for the item that belongs to them. * Instructions - Giving instructions is effective in verbal communication for it helps the children to develop an understanding of what is right and what is wrong. Children can respond negatively to instructions because they can simple, block the EYP out but most of the children that I have worked with have responded in an appropriate way by doing the instruction that they have been given the first time they are asked to do it. ...read more.


But it is effective because it develops the children's language and understanding of what words you should and should not use? Children do not respond at all really to appropriate language because it is the language that they hear most days at nursery, school or from their parents. * Ask for information - Asking for information is one of the most basic forms of verbal communication. This is because it is an easy way to get a child i8nto a conversation that can be productive, but most likely just a two minute hi and bye conversation. Asking for information can help a child to develop their language and the way that they answer questions. Children respond positively to this because they love telling adults about what they have done through the week and at home. Good communication skills are important when working with children, because it is believed that pre-school children only have as little as a 3 minute real conversation with an adult during a 2 hour session in a group setting. So as EYP's we need to be able to have good communication skills to make sure that we connect with the children we work with as well as the parents and carers of the children. An EYP can use communication skills in a children's setting by actively engaging children in conversation, listening to what they have to say, respecting their ideas and valuing their opinions. ...read more.

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