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Teaching Kids the Art of Conversation

September 21, 2021

Teaching kids the art of conversation is not something they excel at. Sometimes, kids talk so much that you wonder if it will ever end or they talk so much that you wonder if they’ll ever stop. If your child is constantly talking or if their silence is more noticeable than the other children, how can you tell if they are able to communicate with others outside of your family? Conversations are about talking but there’s more to it than that.

How Can I Help My Kids Master the Art of Conversation?

Children develop at their own pace. Helping them to build confidence is key to any skill they may be able to learn. Dr. Leela R.Magavi, M.D. is a Regional Medical Director in Community Psychiatry. She advises parents to have good communication skills and be patient with their kids. Dr. Magavi advises parents to read and create stories with their children, as well as to encourage their child’s thinking skills.

Dr. Magavi explained that explaining the reasons behind certain decisions can help children increase their ability to reason and process. Children can practice expressing their emotions by using words as a family.

Don’t be afraid of having some fun. She says, “It is helpful to tell jokes or riddles.” I advise parents to ask several questions to their kids and encourage them to ask more questions. Active listening skills are a great way to help children see the value of functional conversation in action.

How Can I Tell The Difference Between Shyness and a Developmental Delay?

Many children are uncomfortable talking to strangers, especially when they’re interacting with others or in unfamiliar social settings. Dr. Magavi says that while shy children might avoid eye contact and conversation at school, they may be able to engage with their close friends and family.

She explains that children with developmental delays might have similar conversational skills, regardless of who they are talking to. Children with social anxiety disorder or selective mutism may avoid conversation. Children with developmental delays can express distress when they cannot communicate with others. Parents can spot these communication cues by watching facial expressions and hand gestures.

What Can I Do if I’m Concerned About My kids Social Conversation Skills?

Schools are equipped to help children with language delays. Dr. Magavi recommends that parents talk to their child’s teachers as soon as possible. Schools can also conduct hearing tests on their child, which is often linked to speech delays.

Dr. Magavi says that early intervention can help increase school resources and speed up improvement. Teachers often try to personalize teaching in order to help children with expressive or the ones suffering from speech impediment due to lack of confidence.

Your child will have no trouble learning conversation skills in the stimulating environment of school and with adult child development professionals watching, even if they are a little behind their classmates. Be proud of the good conversation skills you see in your child and take the time to enjoy all the wonderful things they have to say.