Communicating with kids

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Communicating with kids

So some of the basic things with communication that you want to take into account when you’re talking to your child is body language. Babies learn the countenance of your face, your facial expression way before they actually learn about words. And so body language and tone. Again, another method of communicating – your tone. So you want to make sure it’s not too harsh and not too angry. The other thing that you want to look at in communication is to make sure that you’re not interrogating your child, because when you’re trying to initiate a communication with them, you don’t want to seem like you’re putting an inquisition on them. So you’ve got to make sure that you have open ended questions, or questions that are specific to an activity, like I love asking my son what his favorite thing that he’s doing at recess or lunch and he’ll tell me he’s playing kick ball. And the next day, I’ll ask him, “Hey, how is that kick ball game going? Are those guys still cheating on the playground? Is everyone playing fairly?” So make sure to follow up questions.

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Chris Fulton, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Christopher Fulton is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for over ten years. He received his doctorate in 1994 from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Dr. Fulton has clinical training and experience in a variety of settings, and also has administrative, teaching, supervision, consulting, research and psychological testing experience. Dr. Fulton provides consultation and ongoing therapy for children, adolescents and adults. He conducts group, individual, couples and family therapy and actively works with a variety of childhood disorders, including: adjustment disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant and other emotional-behavioral disorders. Among his most frequent areas of concentration is divorce, for which Dr. Fulton offers therapy for all involved.

Utilizing research-supported methods in treatment, Dr. Fulton's approach to therapy involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral, family systems and interpersonal interventions. In his work with children, Dr. Fulton involves parents and assists them in developing appropriate responses to their children, since he believes that ultimately the parent will make the most significant impact on the child. Dr. Fulton helps parents establish appropriate boundaries, communication and methods of discipline in order to increase positive relationships with their children.

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