TDA 3:1- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
1:1- We are more likely to communicate with each other if we have positive relationships to children, young people and adults we have to consider how to approach students. We have to check what we say especially in moments of stress or excitement. We also have to remember if we ask pupils to behave in an appropriate way for school then we also have to behave in the same way.
1:2- If students are comfortable in our company they are more likely to communicate effectively with us. We have to build relationships with the students and work on developing them.
Taking time to listen to others
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* The age of the child or young person- Different ages of children require different levels of attention. Younger students may require more reassurance. As pupils mature and particularly during puberty they may need support talking through issues and reflecting on thoughts you also have to consider adapting your vocabulary as older children can be more emotional and self-conscious.
* Context- We have to adapt our verbal communications depending on the pupil and situation. If working on a learning activity we have to make sure all distractions are dealt with before the lesson to avoid disruption of the class. You should use break times and dinner times to help build positive relationships. Some pupils may question your personal life but it is important to remain professional.
* Communication differences- You should always be sensitive around pupils with communication differences, as they may need to take their time and not feel pressured. You should adapt to each individual’s needs. You must try not fill in words or guess what the pupil is trying to say as this might add to their distress
2:3- There are many similarities between communication with adults and children. You should always use eye contact, respond to what they say. When communicating with children we also need to maintain our positive relationship but you need to remember to keep the relationship between the pupils professional. You also need to be aware that physical contact with pupils should not be encouraged.
2:4- We have to be sensitive to the needs of adults that have communication difficulties. You have to adapt the way you communicate, we sometimes do this without realising we adjust depending on the communication difficulty for example if you are speaking to a parent or carer who is hearing impaired you make sure...