Describe factors which affect language and communication needs

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.5: Develop emergent literacy skills of children
Learning outcome: 1 Understand the language and communication needs of children
Assessment criteria: 1.2 Describe factors which affect language and communication needs

  • By understanding the factors which can affect a child’s language and communication needs, we can help to ensure the development of emergent literary skills
  • Some of these factors include:
    • Health and physical development – being ill can reduce a child’s motivation to communicate and they may not get as many opportunities to interact with others, conditions that affect hearing, facial muscles or the vocal cords can also make language development more difficult
    • Interaction with adults – supports a child to listen to and practice language skills
    • Sensory loss – children that have a hearing impairment will find it more difficult to imitate the sounds of others
    • Environment – children require a stimulating environment with opportunities to communicate
    • Relationships – children also need positive relationships with adults that can support them to develop their language skills

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