Using Problem-Solving Conversation With Children

Dwairy, Marwan
January 2005
Intervention in School & Clinic;Jan2005, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p144
Academic Journal
Verbal communication is a major tool for parents and educators who want to influence children's behavior and development. Although the literature concerning interviewing skills is extensive, only a few authors address conversation techniques, specifically processes that may be used with children. Problem-solving conversation (PSC) with children comprises a structured interview that parents, educators, counselors, and therapists can implement. It consists of four stages: listening to the child, probing reevaluation, exploring alternatives and setting a new plan, and follow up. It facilitates the development of the child's ego, personal growth, and sense of responsibility and is an aid to dealing with children's daily behavioral problems as well as more global issues.


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