Children's communication

Good communication skills help us to solve problems successfully and maintain good interpersonal relationships. This is as true for young children as it is for adults.

The process of communicating with others begins at birth and continues to develop throughout life. Primary school children are at an age when their abilities to express themselves, listen to others and successfully communicate their thoughts and feelings undergo rapid change. They are often eager to learn how to communicate better.

People of all ages can have trouble expressing what they think and feel. Sometimes we just find it difficult to find the right words. Sometimes a situation seems intimidating and we feel shy to say what we really feel. Sometimes we are afraid that others will make fun of us or reject us. All of these difficulties are particularly common with young children.

Similarly, it is important to recognise that communication is a two way process. The ability to listen is vital in effective interpersonal communication and is linked to being sensitive and empathetic with others. Again, some young children find it difficult to listen carefully.

A few simple rules can help young children to communicate effectively:

  • Think before you speak
  • Don't shout
  • Speak clearly
  • Tell the other person how you feel
  • Say all you want to say
  • Listen carefully

More information and advice

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