The Research Behind Why Your Child Needs Strong Communication Skills

10.14.2020

In a previous article on AI and Robots, you learned that strong communication skills are necessary for many reasons including the fact that certain skills found in the science, technology and engineering (STEM) fields are being replaced by robots and AI. This week, you’ll learn about research behind why children need to learn strong communication skills from an early age.

The Socio-Emotional Dimensions of Learning

In Braving the Wilderness, the famous researcher and scholar Dr. Brene Brown writes,

“Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

As Dr. Brown suggests, it’s important that children learn from a young age that they need to claim their voice and perspective. By claiming their voice, they’ll also gain the most importance form of acceptance— self-acceptance.

As a parent, this is probably something important to you since you would like your child to be able to resist peer-pressure while still maintaining healthy friendships. That’s where learning good communication skills through extra-curricular activities and groups can help a child be confident enough to set boundaries and be the best version of themselves.

Another aspect of the socio-emotional dynamic of public speaking Is that learning communication skills is very important because these skills gives children the opportunity to cope with life stressors as they get older. Learning strong communication skills in a safe setting gives children the opportunity to build their confidence by having the opportunity to feel seen and heard. Countless research in psychology demonstrates just how important feeling seen and heard is. When children (and adults) feel seen and heard, they’re less likely to act out or crumble from stress.

The Academic Benefits of Learning Communication Skills at a Young Age

In studies on learning communication skills at school through things like extracurricular clubs and afterschool activities, researchers in the United Kingdom found that students who were taught strong communication skills achieved better results in subjects such as reasoning, math and science.

These researchers write:
“Yet skills in oracy will be more important for most people once they leave school than, for example, skills in long division. Although anyone can use their smartphone to calculate, technology companies such as Apple are yet to invent a speechmaker and discussion generator.”

This is because most employers are looking for employees with good communication skills—employees that were not only taught the skills of negotiation and expression, but also the nuances of debating and informing others.

Why Your Child Needs Extra-Curricular Communication Skill Development

So, starting your child from a very early age in communication skill development can help them succeed in a variety of settings—from their personal and familial life, to in school and on the job. As we all know, children’s brains are developing and are more elastic, which means that they can learn vast amounts of information and have it embedded in their brains.

Help your child stand out by enrolling them in programs that will help them develop and diversify not only their academic ability, but also socio-emotional skillset. At Winning Feathers, we offer a variety of programs for many age groups. Check out some of our classes!

The Research Behind Why Your Child Needs Strong Communication Skills

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