Effective communication is a vital part of the teaching assistant role. The skills needed are both verbal and non verbal. I think it is really important that you give the child or young person the opportunity to talk about their views or concerns. For example, in my setting, we have a weekly class assembly where the children are encouraged to discuss any issues about school life which are bothering them. This gives the children a feeling of identity and belonging and shows them that they are part of the school community.
It is vital that you value the child's views and show that you are actively listening. You can do this by maintaining eye contact and asking appropriate questions. ...view middle of the document...
This little interaction will hopefully lead to a trusting relationship between adult and pupil. Building a positive relationship with older children is just as important as with the younger children. As the children get older their needs change and they might need assistance to talk through problems or concerns.
(b) context of the communication
In my school you get to work with the children in a variety of situations – some of which are more formal than others and I need to adapt my communication accordingly. For instance, if I am working with a group on a task or learning activity I need to ensure that all the children are engaged in their learning and deal with any problems before they cause interruption. I need to talk clearly and concisely using the appropriate subject language. However in a less formal situation like playtime I can speak to the children in a more relaxed manner whilst still maintaining a good, positive and respectful relationship.
Children with special educational needs or speech and language difficulties should be treated with extra care and sensitivity to ensure that they do not feel pressured when speaking. Teaching assistants need to adapt the way they communicate with these children to accommodate their individual needs. You need to let the child take their time to get their point across and try to resist the temptation to fill in words for them or to second guess what they are going to say. ...