Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




school age care, listening


There is little information available to SAC providers about listening to children. The following paper offers SAC providers information about listening to children. I have used the information m this paper to create training modules which will facilitate educating SAC providers on this topic. This paper begins with a quick sketch of what good listening looks and feels like. Sections include a historical look at empathy, discussion of why adults have trouble listening, and outline of the benefits children gain when adults listen. Next, I present arguments explaining why SAC providers must consider listening part of their jobs. This section uses Jim and Laurie Ollhoff’s work with SAC role theory and social skill development as a framework. Finally, there are guidelines which staff can learn to develop their listening skills.


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