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Communicating with Your Child


>>Positive communication with
our children helps them develop in a healthy way and
strengthens our bond with them.>>Parents can really
kind of tune in to what their kids
are saying to kind of build those communication
skills, help their children build
language skills, and by saying, you know, what are
— what did you say, and repeating back what the
kids said and reflecting on that emotion that
kids are expressing.>>There are four steps for communicating
positively with your child. Step One, praise. Use praise to help your child
know what you’d like them to do. Be clear and specific
with your praise. Instead of good job, say good
job putting away your toys.>>Great job putting
your toys away, Jenny. It’s very, very important as a
parent to be conscious as much as possible of what your kids
are doing; that you’re checking in on them enough; that
there’s opportunities to acknowledge what they’re
doing that it’s good.>>Step Two, imitation. You can copy or imitate the
things your child is doing that you want them
to keep doing. This shows your child that you
are paying attention to them and interested in
what they are doing. When copying and imitating, make sure you do the things
the way your child does. Do not try to do things better
or faster than your child.>>Then they see that
you’ve recognized that they’re doing something
that you’re also doing. Wow. Mommy likes that. Mommy likes to play
with my dolls too. So that must be something
good that I’m doing. I’m going to do that
again in the future.>>Step Three, description. Describing or talking about what
your child is doing while they play shows your child you are
noticing their good behavior. You can act like a sportscaster who is telling people what
is happening in a game. You are putting the red
block on the green block and making a tall tower. Step Four, active listening. Giving your child your full
attention when you are playing and talking with them can
help build your relationship. At least once a day
try to really focus on being with your child. Try to decrease distractions,
like cell phones, so you can give her
your full attention. One way to actively
listen is to talk about what your child is doing or to repeat what
your child says. You can also add more detail to encourage them
to talk to you more. For example, your child
may say I colored it, but with active listening you
may add to that and say yes, you colored her dress
blue and red. Active listening can also help
children name their feelings. For example, if your child is
crying and says she’s not happy, you may say you seem
unhappy and sad. Playtime is a great time to
practice praise, imitation, description and active
listening. You can also use these
skills any time you are with your child; at dinner, in
the car, and when giving a bath.

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