10 Suggestions for Working with Children with
- Work from the child's interests.
- Be very emotionally expressive, animated and
- Be willing to make a fool of yourself in the
name of fun.
- Give a lot of praise and attention to the
child's success (e.g., You did it!! Super job!), and make your reactions
to failure neutral and supportive (e.g., Oops, try again, you can do
- Break tasks down into small steps.
- Expect variability in the child's performance, but
look for a general trend of improvement.
- Help the child to be as self-sufficient as possible.
- Resist the temptation to jump in immediately
- Provide the support necessary for the child to
- Don't be too discouraged when things fall apart, but
learn from the experience. You will always be learning about your own limits
and those of the child. Try to understand why things fell apart.
- Make allowances for unusual circumstances such as
illness, bad days, or stressful transition periods and provide emotional
- Pick a time period when you can fully focus on the
- Don't be afraid to set reasonable limits.
Activities that can be dangerous for the child or for anyone else are not
- Collaborate with the family. Parents can
provide a wealth of useful information and assistance.
Have fun with it!