Gesture, facial expression, eye contact, body language, tone of voice, posture, signs, symbols and drama…
It doesn’t matter what language you speak these methods of communication are universal (with some cultural variations). You use them every day without thinking.
An often quoted statistic is that 70% of all communication is non-verbal. To put this in context, think about how many times a day you communicate without speaking: messages, texts, emails, a meaningful look, a smile, even swiping a card.
Before the evolution of spoken language, non-verbal communication was the original and perhaps the only method of expressing meaning, assessing another’s thoughts and feelings and ‘reading’ what may possibly be a potentially dangerous or positive situation. Survival depended on it.
Every parent knows that children use non-verbal communication learned from their first days of life outside the womb. The early cues of hunger, tiredness, squirming, cries and later smiles and laughter are expressed for parents to ‘read’ and respond to. As children grow and develop so many other non-verbal communications are added to their language.
This month try and “read’ your child and their feelings and moods without a word…
Here at Angsana Education, our vision is for a multilingual child in every home and our programs are designed to reflect our vision of “Creating multilingual children and inspiring children to connect”.
Come and visit us and see for yourself.
Early Childhood Consultant for Angsana Education