10 Very Effective Techniques Aimed at Building Positive Communication with a Child
- Keep yourself at eye level with the child so that it is easy for both of you to see each other’s expressions. Make sure you do not hover on the top of the child as it may scare him/her off.
- Without being too on the face, angle yourself towards the child to build a connection.
- It is important to notice the response that the child gives to your presence at first. Check whether it is comfort or discomfort. Then attempt to adjust your approach accordingly as per the situation. This comes handy when you approach your child to discuss about a complain or any unsuitable act of theirs.
- Imparting lessons by adding humour to content works deeper.
- Instead of wanting the child to behave and act like you. Try matching and mirroring the child’s actions. Do not start imitating them to make them uncomfortable but just some non-verbal gestures like matching the expression of joy, excitement etc.
- When a child is explaining or sharing an incident, try showing your interest through non-verbal gestures like nodding or some such expressions like raised eyebrows occasionally.
- Reassure the child that you are interested in what they are keen, this makes the connection stronger and eases them to open up before you.
- Try using your tone to communicate the warmth that you want to communicate to them.
- It is not always important to work with or along a child to teach him or engage him in something. At times, just being there and simultaneously working on your own tasks is enough.
- Be there to help but do not proactively guide or direct a child. Let them explore things and explain to you – this enhances their confidence and also develops the cognitive senses.