“Unit 3.1: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adult.”
Introduction: This assignment will go into brief detail about the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults within a school and the different ways you could go about this as a practitioner.
Effective communication skills are extremely important when you are building relationships with children, young people and adults because they help you as the practitioner to build good quality relationships with both the adults you are working with and the children and young people in your care.
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And by showing a child quality interactions, it helps them to develop the well rounded language and communication skills that they will need in life.
As a practitioner having effective communication skills when dealing with other adults is very important, as you could be dealing with not only the parents of the children in your care, but you could also be dealing with other outside agencies that could possibly be involved in any of the children’s lives, be it social services, speech therapists, or if you have a child with a special needs you could also be dealing with other adults who are a part of that child’s care both inside and outside of school.
And being able to communicate effectively with these other adults is very important so that the child is receiving the correct care that they require from all agencies involved.
For example if you have a child who suffers from Autism, you need a good relationship not only with the child but also the child’s parents, as often the child may not be able to communicate to the parents how their day has been, so being able to relay to the parents, what kind of day their child has had is often appreciated by the parents. You may also have to deal with other agencies or other adults if you are doing one to one with a child with special educational needs and you will almost definitely have to undertake meetings to discuss how the child is getting on, and what you feel needs to be changed to help them more, and if you aren’t able to communicate this effectively to all parties involved the child may not get the care and education they need and are entitled too. 1.2
When building a relationship with a child in your care, it is very important to help the child know that you are there for them, however long it may take them to trust you, some children, it can take them a while to warm to a new person, so you have to be patient with them, and do what you can to make them feel at ease in their surroundings.
I have often found that the first day in a new school or in a new class room is when this is most critical, often the children do not really know you, and so are scared and nervous about being in this new room, with these people around that they don’t know, especially if their parent has to leave.
With my own son, for the first 2 weeks in reception class he would cry and cling onto my leg as we walked into class, but he had such a kind and gentle T.A who was his key worker for the first term, and she really helped to settle him in quickly and before we knew it I was barely getting a glance backwards as he went into school.
I feel as a teaching assistant that it is very important that you are very approachable to the children and that you get down on their level when you talk to them.
And maintaining eye contact with the children helps them to know...