It is said that when talking to a person the information that we receive can be broken down as:

  • 10% from what the person actually says
  • 40% from the tone and speed of voice
  • 50% is from their body language.

Have you ever had a child hold your head in their hands as they talk with you?  It is certainly a strategy I have observed that communicates:  I’m interested. I’m available to listen. You can slow down, I’m here. What have you observed about the ways in which children communicate?


As adults read or tell stories to children, their facial expressions and intonation create a visual and auditory connection to the emotions being represented.  Researchers have emphasized that children’s social/emotional and cognitive skills are interrelated and develop within responsive and caring environments. (Shonkoff & Phillips 2000)