As adults, we may take communication amongst ourselves for granted. After all, we’ve been speaking for years and can just ask for things or tell someone exactly how we feel. But what about when we try to communicate with young children? Do we get frustrated? How do we know that a child understands us?
Communication is something new for children and they are still learning to use words. Actions and imitating others are often at the forefront of communication skills and language may be the last piece. There are times where adults find themselves at a loss for words. Emotionally or physically challenging situations can render us speechless but young children may deal with this on a daily basis. So what can we do to foster positive communication with young children?
- Speak to children in an age-appropriate manner.
- Do not be condescending or speak down to children. They’ll know it.
- Watch for the various ways that children communicate. They may change habits and begin to draw or doodle to express themselves.
- Children may feel more secure communicating through imaginary means, like a stuffed animal. Allow them to say, “My puppy doesn’t like…”
- Let children set the pace for their communication development. Don’t try to rush them.
The most important things to remember when communicating with young children are to have patience, understanding and keep practicing. With these traits as beginner building blocks, you’ll be on the way to effective communication with youngsters!
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