Using Play And The Creative Arts To Communicate With Children And Young People

Event Description This module is for students studying towards the social work degree, educators and practising social workers.

It looks how play, activities and the creative arts can be used to communicate with children and young people.

Module 8 of the Communication Skills Suite from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Training Objectives The aim of this module is to help you identify the different ways children and young people communicate and why they communicate in these additional and alternative ways. 
Learning Outcomes If you apply what you have learnt in this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise why play-based, creative and activity-based methods can help children and young people to communicate, including:
  • the limitations of direct methods of communication
  • the importance of symbolism and metaphor
  • the dangers of interpretation
  • Identify what kind of underpinning knowledge and theoretical frameworks are helpful using play and creative activities
  • Recognise how to select the best mode and method of communication for particular contexts, purposes and children (e.g. artwork, stories, puppets)
  • Identify the importance of use of self, including preparation, self-awareness, reflection, ethical commitments and emotional availability
  • Acquire skills for the transferability of this perspective to other age groups
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    Course Pre-Requisites The Learning and Development Gateway will not record your progress or score from this module. Please be aware that when you close this module your scores will be lost. If you wish to keep evidence of your scores we suggest that you take a screen grab of the assessment page by carrying out the following steps:

  • On the results screen press Alt+Print Screen on your keyboard
  • Open Microsoft Word
  • Press Ctrl+V on your keyboard
  • Your results screen will now appear in Word

  • If you need any help carrying out these steps please call the Corporate Learning and Development Helpdesk while your results are onscreen on 033 022 22003 (x22003). 
    Course Instructions You may have to allow pop-ups for this online module. If you need help in doing this, please contact Corporate Learning and Development's helpdesk on 033 022 22003 (x22003). 
    Online Learning Course Category Children 
    Subject Areas Social Work, General Care, Customer Service, Communication and Writing Skills, Children and Young People 
    Target Audience Youth Workers, Social Workers, PVI Sector - Children, Children Services 
    Course Costs
    Internal LA Cost: £0.00
    PVI/Care Provider Cost: £0.00
    Partnership Cost: £0.00
    Early Years Subscriber Cost: £0.00
    External Cost: £0.00
    Session Session Date Session Length Session Venue
    Online Learning Anytime 30 minutes At your desk

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