Relationship Building With Children Essay

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1. Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with, children, young people and adults.
All relationships start with good verbal communication and it is very important to try and establish this from the very beginning. The younger the child the more important this becomes, on meeting a young person first impressions count for so much. For example, if you are a teacher and the first time you speak to a young person is to chastise them then the less likely the child will want to form a bond with you, trust you or even want to communicate with you. You should always try to have eye contact when speaking to a young person and may be a good idea to get down to their eye level so you are not looking down/towering
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Relationship building plays a crutial part in everyones lives. it can have a big effect on you as you grow older and can determine who you grow into. Positive relationships can take time to develop and there are several factors which can help. Showing respect to a person is very important, listening to their point of view, being courteous and respectful can go a long way.
With young children it is important to let them speak so that they can grow in confidence and be more willing to share anything with you that may be affecting them. Try to always keep eye contact and if you are on the other side of the room and the child doesn't feel like they have your attention whilst they are trying to communicate with you they may feel disrespected and this could have a detrimental effect on the relationship. Body language and facial expressions if used correctly can make a child feel safe, important and reassured. As a child matures they may need help with certain issues and may want to share things with you that are affecting them, adapting vocabulary for their age but still keeping good eye contact, listening and responding to the things that they are telling you. For adults you must again adjust vocabulary and always remain approachable. Always try to be clear on key points of any discussions and in a young childs case it may help to have them repeat things back to
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