THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERACTING WITH A CHILD AT A YOUNG AGE Harnessing interpersonal traits and the ability to develop relationships are at the very heart of early learning and development in children. As children grow and develop, they increasingly want to play; speak and take in, what is happening around them which ultimately influences their own behaviors and mannerisms. Through early interactions children learn to communicate and enjoy being in a social environment. Education expert Gavin Keller says: “Children’s understanding of the world around them is often given a meaning by their exposure to immediate relationships, communication interactions, how they play and how their needs are met through contact with others. Many interactions are spontaneous whilst others come about through careful planning and direction from the parents or minders to ensure that the child is developing well in all areas. It is a well-known fact that children learn by being with others.” During early development it is important that children are encouraged to learn through self-initiated and self-directed learning tools. At other times, the adult leads through planned and guided activities and increases or lessens the amount and type of support as children grow in confidence and competence. Children learn more effectively by being involved in making choices and decisions, and by feeling in control. Through interactive games, learning can become part of every activity, which is enjoyable and rewarding for the child as they can challenge themselves to learn new skills or build on their existing skills. It is in this type of interactive environment that children also practice language and problem-solving skills. Keller adds, “When an adult is listening attentively to the child while displaying positive body language and uses words, phrases or gestures to let the child know they are listening, the child gets encourages to express himself/herself in a creative manner by using their imagination.” “The biggest development of children comes from interaction, therefore it is imperative to make sure that we are using the right tools to assist in the development of children’s skills. Interactive tools such as STIMULEARN from Nestlé NIDO 3+, help children explore, discover inquire, make decisions and take risks. Through this experience, children gather information which helps them build skills such as language, psychomotor, problem solving, attention, concentration and memory,” concludes Keller. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.