University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
How communication skills support children’s learning
Speech, Language and Communication skills can support a child’s learning, emotions, behaviour and socialisation massively, and these are just a few examples.
Language can support learning Speech, Language and Communication skills in many ways and one of these ways that they can do this is by using and making different sounds and symbols, spoke as well as signed language. This then has supports speech and communication too. An example of spoken could be through music, so maybe expressing their feelings through a song to a teacher, or counsellor etc. An example for signed could be if a child draws a dark picture then they may be trying to tell you something; they may feel upset, scared or worried etc. Another way that language supports learning is that if a child speaks out loud or to themselves then it will help them to learn and develop their language skills to progress to thinking skills.
Emotions can support learning Speech, Language and Communication skills in many ways, and one of these ways is that they can learn how to deal with problems with their language. Problems arise when children cannot put their feelings into words or cannot express them in some way, and so they will learn how to do this. This can then have a negative effect on their sense of self-identity and self-confidence, because they may feel that they can’t deal with their problems on their own and they won’t feel that they can be independant.
Behaviour can support learning Speech, Language and Communication skills in many ways and one of these examples is that they can learn to understand verbal explanations of what is and what is not acceptable behaviour and why. They will need to learn these for later life because they need to know right from wrong; they need to know how to express their own needs and feeling
clearly and in the right way. And behaviour can help with this; if they behave appropriately then they will be able to get their feelings across and they will be listened to rather than if it was the other day.
Socialisation can support learning Speech, Language and Communication skills in many ways and one of these is just everyday conversation, children can pick up different methods of language, speech and communication through listening to speech and even being involved in communication. So for example if a child is talking to their older sibling, they may learn new vocabulary to use later on in life because the older siblings speech, language and communication skills are more advanced than the younger sibling.