This book offers a fresh and insightful introduction to children's
communication development that emphasizes how families help
children learn to communicate optimally. Writing for communication
students, parents, teachers, and all who care for children, the
authors argue that optimal development of children's communication
competencies depends on family participation in everyday learning
situations that challenge children's skills and build communication
The book mirrors the organization and coverage of existing
family communication textbooks, making it a valuable addition to
coursework about families, communication, and development. Chapter
an overview of communication development: universal stages and
cultural variations;communication development at home: nonverbal,
verbal and mediated skills;relational and group dynamics in the
home, including variations by ethnicity and family
configuration;family roles and family rules for providing stability
and structuring behavior;family resiliency in coping with
challenges;strategies for fostering positive communication
development in the home.
"Families Communicating with Children" emphasizes the positive
effects of family influence, and draws attention to cross-cultural
variations in parenting as well as universal steps in development.
These features clarify the process of communication development and
offer an optimistic view of the future for the many shapes families
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