How to listen so children will talk

Learn the listening skills & tools you need to strengthen your relationship with your child

Primarily drawing on techniques from Positive Behaviour support and Motivational Interviewing, this course will give you the skills to help deepen conversations with young people. You’ll learn how to engage with a young person to help them feel comfortable talking. We’ll explore skills such as using affirmations and reflections to encourage the young person to bring their thoughts to the surface and express them. We will also look at how we can respond and summarise their words in a way that will help the child to feel truly listened to.


What you'll learn

  • Understand how to strengthen relationships with children through conversation
  • How to develop a child’s self-esteem and self worth through active listening
  • Avoid the pitfalls of poor listening
  • Gain an understanding of motivational interviewing
  • How to establish rapport and trust with a child or young person
  • How questioning styles affect conversation flow
  • How to avoid and overcome resistance
  • Learn how to respond to build and strengthen a young person's self esteem
  • How to use reflective statements to enhance the quality of conversations
  • Summarise conversations so they lead to constructive action
  • Develop a listening skills tool-box

Course Duration

Circa 60 mins+ (video lesson content). Additional needed for learnign excercises and review.

What's included?

Video lessons

Downloadable Resources

Access on a tablet or phone

Certificate of Completion

"I couldn't recommend this course more!"

- Dr. Kate James, Educational Psychologist.

Course Curriculum


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Your Instructor


Gillian Martin
Gillian Martin

Gillian is Chartered Psychologist and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She began her career volunteering with children and people with Intellectual Disabilities in her school days, and on Summer Camps in the USA during college. She developed a passion for supporting others to help them achieve their highest potential and independence. She has a particular interest in working with those who express themselves and through behaviours that can make their life difficult. She uses Positive Behaviour Support to help people increase their well being, enhance their quality of life, and to express themselves in a more constructive way. She provides education, training and support as founder of Soiléir Psychology Services, in Dublin and provides extensive training for Service Providers, Family Support Groups, Schools and Universities. Gillian now lives by the sea in Dublin with her husband and two children.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and closes in 12 months. You can work through the video wherever you like and whenever you like.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for 12 months - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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