Early Childhood Studies – a Global Perspective

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Children have the right to self expression.

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It can be easy for adults to impose upon the children what they think and what they like. At times, they do not see beyond the intentions of the child. As shown in this media, the children, as human beings have the right to self-expression – to say, do and act upon things that are meaningful to them. Let us not diminish what children think, say and do.

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Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

2 thoughts on “Children have the right to self expression.

  1. That video really spoke to me. At Encompass where I work we offer something called Parent Child Interaction Therapy. It is for children who are experiencing disruptive behavior and really doing a lot of negative seeking behaviors. The parent and the child come into our lab and the parents and child play at a table and the parent was a blue tooth device in the ear so the therapist can coach them live. One of the main themes in the therapy is to let the child lead the play. This video reminds me of several sessions I have observed and it is really difficult for some parent to let their child lead the play, without criticism or correction or questioning. The first few weeks of the therapy is all about letting the child express themselves positively through play. It is amazing how bonding and attachment go up when children are allowed the space to express themselves.

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    • I am very interested in learning more about the Parent Child Therapy at your school. Three years ago, we developed a Behaviour Management Approach. This is a two-tiered approach to tackle behaviour through prevention and intervention strategies. It is all about positive reinforcement. We continue to find research-based approaches to tackle challenging behavior. I hope you can share with me more how you go about the Parent Child Therapy. The coaching through the use of a blue tooth device is very creative. I think this is a good resource to explore and see how it can compliment our existing resources.

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