SPECIAL BY TCB.. HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH CHILDREN.
'No man is an island' and children learn about themselves and the world through their interaction with others. Various theories have been put forward about this learning, including the importance of language, a staged 'readiness' approach and the importance of attachment between a parent and child. For children who have difficulties with understanding and using language, early years settings can be terrifying places! Imagine being left in unfamiliar surroundings with people speaking in a way you didn't understand. If you suspect that a child is experiencing this sort of difficulty, you need to consider the following course of action :
- Speak to parents/carers and find out what the child is like at home. What do they find works with him.?
- Get advice from the area Special Education Needs Coordinator(SENCO) and/or a speech and language therapist speak slowly and clearly and support what you say with facial expression and gesture.
- Make eye contact with child.
- Be very specific when giving instructions, instead of saying 'let's get ready for playtime' explain what needs to be done , 'let's put away the bricks now and put on our coats to go outside for playtime'.
- Make sure there is no hearing impairment - many children experience temporary loss of hearing through 'glue ear'
- if a child has autistic tendencies,there will be situations he finds difficult to deal with, for example lots of noise and running about; you need to be aware of this and find out how to manage it. A key worker will need to support the child and be sensitive to his needs.