The type of communication style adults use with children can influence their speech and language development
There is a communication style between adults and children researchers call Phatics
In this style, the adult tries to say nothing with any ‘content’ apart from acknowledging the child’s contribution.
- Questions are avoided
- Topics are initiated by the child
An example of a Phatics communication style is the following:
A = Adult C = Child
- A: That looks good
- C: It’s going up high
- A: True
- C: High up to the sky
- A: Uh-huh
- C: Maybe it might fall down. Crash!
- A: It might! It’s very high!
Researchers have found that a Phatics communication style can:
- PSPDramatically increase a child’s length of utterance
- Lead to children may beginning to tell stories
Try using the Phatics communication style with your child whenever you think of it. There will be times for teaching. A mix of communication styles appears to be beneficial for children