Communication skills are very important for teens. Be it school projects, team sports, service projects, or with just family, it is vital that your child be able to communicate effectively. Here, it’s not only crucial that your child use the right words, but also needs to pay credence to clarity of speech, staying focused on a conversation, respond appropriately and follow basic rules of etiquette. In interpersonal encounters, it’s very important that your child communicate effectively what he/she is thinking, so that they feel confident about themselves and their work.
According to a study that we conducted across various schools, we found that 80% of the parents said that their children (aged 10-13 years) use words skillfully to communicate with other children the same age. This ability to communicate effectively and using the right words to put across a point becomes vital to their development. Using certain phrases and idioms inspires children to not only lead in group-activities, but also empowers children with the capacity to write effectually.
Children who can skillfully articulate to their peers:
- Work well in groups
- They are more comfortable taking up responsibilities and display leadership qualities
- When your child can speak well with others, they show the capacity to write well as well
Contrastingly, children who face trouble speaking to their peers:
- Tend to face issues working well with their peers
- They are less confident as speakers
- In group activities, they are more likely to blend in as “followers” as opposed to “leaders”
- They may also become taciturn and shy
How can you help your child?
Here’s a parenting tip that will boost your child’s vocabulary and confidence in talking. Ask your child to give different meanings of a few words (homonyms). For example: bear, pole.
Download the Mai app to improve your child’s communication skills and also assess your child’s skill in ‘Semantic memory’.