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Posted by: Catriona | 2004/11/10

communication

I deal with a lot of teenagers and would like to know how to communicate better with them, about serious issues like drugs and the not-so serious ones, like bonding about their lives. I know that when children become teens they become more private about their lives, so what are some tips of how to communicate effectively?

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Hi Catriona

what type of work do you do with teenagers, as this will have a bearing on how to communicate effectively? Above all be yourself - a teenager will spot a fake at a million paces!! It is also very important to be a good listener. Many teenagers complain that adults talk at them, and this is unfortunately too ofetn the case.

Teenagers do become more private but this is a normal part of development. No-one has a right to try and crow-bar their way into their thoughts and feelings!

There are many courses available on working with young people at various colleges and universities, but as I say it depends on the kind of work you do

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