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Unobtrusive techniques when talking to kids

Just like your words, your body can say a lot too. We all have a memory of a teacher or a parent that say one thing, but their bodies say something completely different. Here are some strategies to help you give the message that matches the words.

Visual:

  •  Your face is a very powerful tool, if you have a scowl on your face the tone of what you say will be set with that. Change your facial expressions, move your eyebrows.
  • Make eye contact, and don’t forget to smile. Even if the behaviour is not what you are looking for. It will be easier to correct if they don’t feel threatened or under attack.

Verbal:

  • Use voice inflection (changing your tone up and down) rather than raising your voice.
  • Give subtle hints like “thank you, for your attention”

Kinetic:

  • Move to a different location, maybe you even have a specific area for when behaviours need changing.
  • When talking to them, stand beside them rather than right in front of them
  • Get on their level, take a knee, sit down next to them.
  • Use your hands in an inviting posture, palms up and open hands

When you are correcting behaviour, keep it in the back of your mind what will work best to help guide your child in the right direction. Play with different styles and see what gets you the best results :

Thanks for reading!

Jason Ayles