How would you build and maintain effective relationships with children, young people and adults?
It is important for a child or young person to be encouraged and motivated in order for them to achieve their full potential in both their educational and social skills. Communication is important in establishing good positive relationships.
To build an effective and positive relationship there must be mutual trust, security, assertiveness without aggression, active listening and understanding and interaction. As a Teaching Assistant you will need to demonstrate and model effective communication skills.
Children should be given enough opportunities to talk. Some children will have little chance to put their own thoughts forward and express themselves with adults. Some may lack confidence and need to be given time so that they feel they are able to. A teaching assistant should always listen attentively to what a child or young person is saying. Communicating by speaking clearly, face to face will ensure they can see and hear what the speaker is saying. Hearing the words of a child or young person and how they express themselves and their meaning. Showing an interested facial expression and being approachable and the use of body language will help the child or young person to feel comfortable and show that you are listening to what they have to say.
Responding with open questions and words of encouragement will give the child or young person confidence to speak freely and express their thoughts and opinions.
“Young children learn primarily through social interactions through being with and interacting with adults” Lev Vgotsky 1978
For a teaching assistant to build meaningful positive relationships it is essential to gain a thorough understanding of children or young person’s interests, background and culture. The more a teaching assistant knows about the child or young person the more they can build on their relationship. Children and young people of all ages,...