Cheri L. Powers
February 15, 2005
Day Care Directors Communication Skills
As a Day Care Director, a job I wish to have one day, my responsibility will be to coordinate and train all staff in caring for children with or without disabilities, especially the deaf/hearing impaired.
I have some of the communication skills that I will need to succeed in my profession as a Day Care Director. There are a lot of communication techniques that directorís and teachers can use to communicate and assist children that are deaf. I may use sign language as a system to bridge the gap to communicate with the deaf/hearing impaired. Or a system using fingered signs for letters, words or groups of words. I also know how to read lips. That will help because speech reading involves looking closely at a personís lips, facial expressions and gestures to help figure out words.
I may use body gestures. This type of body language helps convey messages through movements, other than those movements that form a part of sign or spoken languages. Some gestures have different meanings, such as those saying good-bye or asking some one to come forward. This technique was developed in the eighteenth century (Paris) France as a system of communication for the deaf.
One of the most forgotten forms of communication is with the deaf community. There are many communication systems available to assist people that are hearing-impaired. Sign language differs from other signed versions or spoken languages for most members of the deaf community. This is why sometimes we fail to learn and demonstrate our different ways of communication, based on gestures; American Sign Language allows conversation to progress with no dependence on sound. Sign language is a system of making signs for letters, words and groups of words using fingered signs and body gestures as a spoken form of communication for deaf/hearing impaired people. Body Language and person-to-person contact is a particularly important aspect of communication for the hearing impaired children, but then again this kind of interaction is vital just about anywhere, the home, the work place, or play and many other settings.
The career I have decided on is a Day Care Director; my writing skills will be useful in expressing myself clearly, to my staff and the parents. Before I start writing, I must identify and write down a sentence or two that identifies exactly what I am trying to say. I have to stick to the main idea and try not to clutter my writing. Each time I write, I should review and revise my writing, which means before I finalize my writing with a critical eye Iíll have to mark and make some changes. This feedback will help me avoid embarrassing mistakes and will also help improve my writing. Oral communication skills are also an important form of communication. In every society, humans have developed spoken and written language as a means of sharing messages and meanings. The most common form of daily communication is face-to-face, at the same time and in the same place. This requires good conversational skills. As a communicator I should know how to start and end the conversation, how to respond to my staff and the parents statements, how to be sensitive to the staffís and the parentís concerns, how to take turns and listen. The reading skills required of me as a Day Care Director plays a very important role in my job. My reading ability depends on my comprehension of what manuals and reports I must read to keep the staff and the children safe in my care. A higher level of literacy is needed in our jobs, and in our every day lives. So my writing and reading letters to and from parents plays a very vital role in keeping communication open.
For my own peace of mind I will develop and improve my communication skills in writing, reading and oral skills to the level where I can succeed in my profession. I must keep my writing simple, use plain clear language whenever possible. I might or might not use fancy words, but thatís not important. What is important is that my staff and the parents understand my meaning and try not to impress them with my vocabulary. If I have to use reference tools, such as a dictionary or other source of handbooks to look up words and itís spelling Iíll have that handy too. It will bring me into the habit of looking up words I donít know. Learning the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation is a lot like learning how to ride a bike. It takes practice and at times frustrating, but the results are well worth it. With my oral communication skills I must be willing to process my verbal skills by sharing ideas, information and messages with my staff, parents and with the children. Communication includes writing, and talking, as well as non-verbal communication (such as facial expressions, body language, or gesturers) visual communication (using picture images or video), and electronic communication
(telephones and electronic e-mail). Communication is vital to all our personal lives. It is important to our careers, home and at play. The approach I must make to improve my reading skills and succeed is understanding word meanings in context, finding the main idea, making inferences about information implied but not stated and distinguishing from fact rather than opinion. Word study is another way to improve my reading skills. This involves the use of a dictionary, studying word parts, and learning how to find the meaning of a word from context. One strategy I have improved on is outlining, this technique helps me develop an awareness of the main points and details of what I am reading.
Communication is a powerful tool and we all must work together. One of the weaknesses people often have in any structural setting, whether at home, work, school or play is communication. My goal as a Day Care Director is to keep that open (oral) communication open with staff, parents and the children. My writing should be efficient enough for all to understand and comprehend. My reading should be used as a vital tool of communication to keep staff, parents and the children informed of important issues that are involved in the Day Care setting.