“I am speaking.” – The difference between children and adult communication
If a child’s primary mode of communication is play how do they use this to show us how they feel in a world which prefers words. How many times do adults’ use questions such as “How are you?”, “Why did you do that?”, “What happened?”, “What were you thinking?” or “Tell me how you feel…”
In this workshop we will explore the social expectations of verbal communication and the frustration which can arise when working with children. Adults with many years of language experience generally have well developed skills in comprehension and delivery. They process information quickly as their thoughts are planning ahead. Children on the other hand process information more slowly, grounded in the here and now often endlessly searching for the “correct” answer to adults’ well intentioned questions. Whilst children may be confused by adult conversation they are rarely confused when communicating with other children.
The activities in this workshop centre on role play through 6 fictitious children drawn from a variety of troubled backgrounds who will challenge our expectations and skills in communication. This workshop involves a certain amount of role play using play activities, nonverbal and verbal communication in order to understand the world of the child and create opportunities to reframe our language use.
Lunch will be provided on the day.
Dates and times:
Saturday 30th November 2019 – Glasgow
9.30am – 15.30pm
With Kids, 15 Annfield Place, Glasgow, G31 2XE
Friday 31st January – Edinburgh
9.30am – 15.30am
Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way, Edinburgh, E14 3JF