Nancy Gedge

Communication breakdown can be a pain for children

It’s easy to allow children to stumble in the development of their language skills, but if we make the effort, we can change the balance of power and set them up for life

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I have lost count of the number of times I have attempted to teach a child who has told me their belly hurts. As a primary teacher, it was usually the case that they were actually telling me they were hungry. But interpreting a child’s description of pain is notoriously difficult. They could have been telling me that they had a cough, a rumbling appendix or even constipation, but were frightened of going to the toilet.

Deciphering what a child really means when they come to tell you all manner of important pronouncements is a challenge to us all. Often with young children and those with ...

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