Teaching Children to Use Words Instead of Hands

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Teaching children to use words instead of hands is a big first step towards properly communicating with a little one. Learn about teaching children to use words instead of hands with help from a family therapist and child development specialist in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Cindy Bunin with Drcindybunin.com. I'm here today to talk to you about how to teach children to use their words and not their hands. It happens constantly. Children are hitting, throwing things, pulling things away from other kids and parents just don't know what to do. They always say use your words, use your words but the truth be told is children don't know how to use their words because they're young. They don't understand how to communicate, especially toddlers so what we need to do is we need to help them, especially when they're in a situation where they're in a fight, they get so stressed out that they actually can't even think. They get brainlock. So what you need to do with a child is teach them how to use their words. For example, say to your child, Billy instead of pulling the toy away, just say can I play with the toy, it's that simple. Or if you see your child running after a bike because he wants to use the bike and he just pulls it away, just teach your child to say, Sally, can I please use the bike. You have to teach them what to say. They don't know what to do so just take your time, teach them the words. Then they will know what to do and be patient more than anything. This is Dr. Cindy Bunin with Drcindybunin.com for eHow, until next time.


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