Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
How to establish respectful and professional relationships with children and young people?
* To demonstrate positive relationships and promote mutual respect
* Remain calm at all times , an assertive behaviour calls for an assertive response
* Adapt your behaviour and communication to the age of the child or young person
* Make them feel secure and valued
* Be aware of the context, different situations require different methods of communication and tone of voice
* Understand and respect communication differences and levels of language development
* Make sure that pupils are ...view middle of the document...
You need to give clear instructions and check that they understand fully, ask,re-phrase and get them involved in the conversation, offer praise and show that you are paying attention to what they are doing/saying using verbal or non verbal actions (eye contact, nodding, smiling).At this age children still need immediate positive affirmations or rewards to understand that learning is happening in accordance with teacher’s or T.A’s expectations.
When speaking to them, ensure that you get down to their level and not towering over them, as this can be very intimidating for them. At these ages, children tire quickly and will not maintain concentration for long periods so it is important that they understand what you say, it is important to keep them interested, involved and vary activities frequently. They will also need reminding that is important to listen and take turns when speaking. At this ages T.A’s should enforced the social element of education. (Be respectful; Take turns, Listen attentively, etc).
It’s also important to use praise and encouragement, to make them feel that they belong and that their efforts are appreciated.
Pupils in KS2 – ages 7-11
This is the stage where their communication has progressed. They will be used to more formal conversation and will be less self-centred. Their level of understanding matures and they can concentrate in a activity for longer periods of time. Some may still need to be reminded about waiting their turn and not to talk over others. Social skills develop greatly, they start understanding cause and consequence. They still need to be encouraged and praised, fell that they belong and that they are worthy.
Pupils in KS3 – ages 11-14
They will know and understand different ways in which we can communicate. Teenagers may become more self-conscious about speaking in front of others and may get embarrassed more easily. It is important that they are given more time in groups to build up confidence. Their linguistic skills are broaden, they are able to co operate with others, lead as well to follow.
1.3. Describe how to deal with disagreements between children and young people.
Disagreements will occur on a regular basis, many at break and lunch times, but also in the classroom. It is important that when dealing with a problem or emotional outburst that the T.A :
* finds out exactly what happened
* hear both sides of the story
* consider level of development of the child/children involved
* keep focus on the real problem
* Give pupils a choice
* If necessary defer until later
* Know when and where to get help from
* Label the behaviour not the child
* Try to search for a solution together
They need to know that they have been heard and that their point has been put across. You will need to decide if one of them or both were at fault, if apologies need to be made and if any further action is required, such as talking to another member of staff.