| Along with the guardians, we have an opportunity to review the children’s
developmental state and their prospects at our center. We can see how each
child has grown up in various aspects compared to when they first came
here. Let’s look at the connection between the relationship with guardians
and staff, and the communication with them.
◆When a child often acts independently…
・Not using their voice much.
・Whiny or high, shrill voices.
・Flat or monotone voice.
・Muttering to themselves.
・Mimicking voices or phrases from commercials to express their feelings.
・Avoiding eye contact; not turning around even when addressed.
・Running with eyes cast down or sideways.
・Looking down; peeking but not looking at something directly; looking away when eyes meet.
・Emotions of delight, anger, sorrow and pleasure difficult to read.
・Not crying even when they fall down.
・Sudden crankiness or crying.
・Physical tension; self-injury; laughing awkwardly even when scolded.
・When they dislike something: ignoring it, leaving, throwing a tantrum, shaking off someone’s hands,
not moving from their seat, or letting their body go limp.
・Consent difficult to read.
・Accepting things, but getting cranky later.
・Taking what they want without telling the owner.
・Grabbing at things.
・Giving up if they can’t have something, without asking for it.
◆When a child starts to make demands of a particular person…
・Use and variation of voice increases: happy, calling, urging, conveying, etc.
・Turning around when addressed.
・Looking the other person straight in the eye.
・Reading the other person’s facial expressions.
・Following movements with interest.
・Making eye contact when asking for help, or when they want to be watched.
・Clear expressions of delight, anger, sorrow and pleasure.
・Smiling a lot.
・Smiling; crying (crying loudly, boo-hooing, sobbing softly, whining, etc.); becoming jealous; becoming shy;
・Saying “No” or shaking their heads when they don’t like something.
・Showing their consent through actions such as nodding.
・Pulling an adult’s hand.
・Handing things over by hand.
・Pointing with hands or fingers, and communicating with words.
・Not giving up.
※A decrease in concerning gestures and actions such as looking sideways, obsessive behavior, and irritability.
When a child starts to make demands of their guardian or staff through everyday communication, thoughts like “Please watch me, listen to me, and understand me!” manifest themselves. This becomes a driving force for them to develop their communication skills. Firstly, they use their full capacity to recognize the person by their appearance and voice. Their eye contact and use of voice as described above is gradually directed toward people. It’s believed that a child will try to seek and learn a better way of conveying their feelings through the use of their voice and eye contact, pointing with fingers and hands, and by using words, which stem from their accumulating feelings of appreciation at being understood. Because they want to convey their wishes, intentions and interests somehow, they use their most capable way of expressing them.
We hope to go forward together while respecting the pace of each child.
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