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Communicating with Children and Adolescents: ‘Children are all foreigners,’ Ralph Waldo Emerson said; but it need not always be the case. Here are some specific, age-appropriate tips for understanding the language of children.

Deering, Catherine Gray PhD, RN, CS; Cody, Debra Jennings MS, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: March 2002 - Volume 102 - Issue 3 - p 34-41
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Communicating with children takes skill, thoughtfulness, and practice, yet even a conscientious practitioner may take this ability for granted. This review will guide you in refining your interactions with children and teaching parents to do the same.

Catherine Deering is a professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Clayton College & State University, Morrow, GA, and has practiced as a psychiatric nurse with children and adults. Debra Cody is an assistant professor of health care management in the School of Health Sciences at Clayton College & State University and has practiced as a maternal–child nurse. The authors acknowledge the assistance of research librarians Rhonda Boozer and Jonathan Jay in the preparation of this article. Contact author: Catherine Deering, School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Baccalaureate Nursing, Clayton College & State University, Morrow, GA 30260-0285;

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.