Communication, verbal or non-verbal, is an essential part of human life. Without it we would be unable to convey our basic needs, wishes and feelings, or understand those of others. From the moment we are born we engage in social interaction of one form or another and this continues through life virtually every time that we encounter another human being. Therefore the importance of our ability to communicate effectively cannot be underestimated. In this report I will be looking at the ways we communicate in children and young people's settings. This will incorporate:
identifying some of the different reasons people communicate
an explanation of how communication affects relationships in the work place.
In order for us to understand the importance of effective communication, we must look at reasons why communication is necessary. These include:
Building relationships - Whenever a new child, young person, carer or other professional is met, there is immediately some form of acknowledgement that takes place. This could be a verbal greeting such as 'hello' or a non-verbal expression such as a smile or hand shake. During this initial meeting we should be able to get a basic first impression of the personality, needs and expectations of the person, which will help in maintaining that relationship.
Maintaining relationships - Once a relationship has been established, we are maintaining it every time we meet with that person. This can take the form of informal interactions e.g. exchanging thoughts about interests and activities, or, more professional communications which could include the gaining and sharing of confidential information.
Gaining and sharing information - Our success and effectiveness in life is determined by our ability to gain and share information about a variety of different things. For babies and young children this is essential in order to become familiar with their environments, while during education it...