Benefits of relationships between young people and adults over 60

September is ""Intergeneration Month"" which celebrates the benefits of relationships between young people and adults over 60. Surbhi Narula with 4-C for children says choose a good time of day. Using video chat means children have to sit quietly at times and focus on the screen. Do not set up for disappointment by picking a time when they are hungry or restless. · Prepare and Play. Make the chat interactive and age appropriate. Before the chat, practicing with the camera can also be helpful. Children may not be used to seeing themselves on the screen or keeping eye contact. Gather any "show and tell" materials the child could use during the call and even gather some snacks that they can "share" camera to camera. Use many gestures and be close to the camera. Moving is good. Playing music and singing, playing peek-a-boo, showing a toy or reading a book are all good ways to get both the child and the adult en-gaged. When young children interact in person, they pick up communication cues from sight, sound, smell, and touch. Since video chat only involves sight and sound, children respond best when those two senses are triggered. · Talking with infants and toddlers: Make sure to use the same greeting each time and in the same tone of voice when chatting with infants and toddlers. Infants and toddlers learn to recognize and feel com-fortable with a real person on the screen when they hear the same sound each time they see a person. This is important because they often depend more on smell and touch when meeting a person – so they need more visual and sound cues to recognize you on video chat. · Encourage older children. They can make cards, drawings and write letters/notes, poetry etc. where they can express their feelings and share them with the older adults during the video call.

Benefits of relationships between young people and adults over 60