Developing Children’s Communication from Birth to Four Years is an encouraging guide for practitioners and students working with young children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, which will also appeal to parents and family carers. Providing a clear outline of children’s needs, responses and abilities at each developmental stage, it guides the reader on:
• how to recognise and predict children’s individual feelings and reactions;
• how to talk and listen to children at different stages;
• how to be aware of body language and other non-verbal forms of communication;
• how to support communication for children with special and additional needs.
Offering advice, ideas and strategies for supporting relationships and understanding in diverse settings and at home, this book is an essential guide to developing communication and social skills in the early years.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Starting at the beginning - birth to six months 2. Taking notice - six to twelve months 3. Developing personality - twelve to eighteen months 4. Branching out - eighteen months to twenty four months 5. Fighting for independence - two years to two and a half years 6. Enlarging the social circle - two and a half years to three years 7. Finding a place - three years to three and a half years 8. Letting creativity soar - three and a half years to four years
Debbie Chalmers is an early years practitioner, a drama teacher and consultant, and a freelance early years and primary education writer.
"The author of this book will be well known to readers of this magazine, having written regularly over a number of years. This helpful little book takes a practical look at how practitioners (and, of course, parents) can recognise children's communication abilities and needs, and offers advice on how to support them, and on how to help children develop as expected." - Neil Henty, EYE