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Pediatric Health

Communicating with Children

Communicating with Children

Tips

All of the principles on this page apply to children as well, but here are some additional tips for communicating with this population.

  • Be age appropriate
    Find out your audience's typical reading level as well as the level of conceptual difficulty they can handle. Consider the appropriate image to text ratio.
  • Incorporate audience participation into any learning activity, even if you cannot directly interact with your audience.
  • Address the whole child in your learning activities
    Compartmentalizing is not a strong skill for most children; therefore consider any physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs that may be present and incorporate them into your approach.
  • Use positive messages that focus on strengths.
    Let children imagine what they can be, not what they shouldn't be. This includes using images that let children see themselves in positive ways.

Knowing the typical developmental stages of children is crucial to preparing appropriate and effective communication. UNICEF has a great site to help you navigate this critical information. 
 

(adapted from UNICEF's Communicating with Children)

Articles

Nutrition for Children

Nutrition for Kids

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       Yummy Fruits and Vegetables Game

                  PHY NUT YUMFRU

Physical Activity for Children

Physical Activity for Children

Evidence

Handouts

National Institute of Health: Physical Activity Tools and Resources   

  •  Packet of different handouts and worksheets for children & parents  

Activities

PBS games 

  • List of physically active games for kids 

Indoor Activities 

  • Physically active games that can be played indoors from the University of Rochester Medical Center 

Adapted Physical Activities

  • Physical activities and games with suggestions on how to adapt for children with disabilities 

Borrow from the Library

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

Internet Safety for Children and Teens

Internet Safety for Children and Teens

General Information

 

Cyberbullying

Library Resources

Drugs and Substance Use