Non-verbal Communication and Sensory Aides

Language can be distinguished between that which is spoken (verbal communication) and that which is unspoken (non-verbal communication), i.e. “body language”.    

Non-verbal communication can exist on an unconscious level. For example, we may use gestures or make certain facial expressions without consciously intending to do so. This means that we cannot avoid communicating. In his communication model, Paul Watzlawik argues that one cannot not communicate: "As soon as two people are together, conscious or subconscious communication takes place" (Watzlawick, Beavin, & Jackson, 1967). 

  • What immediate steps can be taken by Sofia’s educators to help ease her frustrations? 

  • What long term solutions can be explored? 

  • What strategies can Sofia’s parents use at home? 

  • How can the teacher support Sofia to build relationships with the other children? 

  • How can the parents and educators support Sofia to learn the new language? 

  • How does it affect Sofia to have to say goodbye to two trusted family members in the morning (parent + sibling)? 

  • How can the other teachers work to form relationships with Sofia? How can they encourage with the other children? 

  • What bridges can be made between home and kindergarten? 

  • Did they ask the child what could help her (in the morning)? Sometimes children have good ideas! 

  • Is there someone Spanish speaking in the kindergartenwho could help out?