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Dialogue Across the Life Span
Dialogue across the life span

This chapter offers dialogue applications across the life span. Dialogue approaches with children, adolescents, adults, and the aging are described.


Many children are capable of engaging in age-appropriate dialogue during their later grade school years (Grades 4–6), although they may have such limitations as less-developed attention span, self-awareness, emotional control, capacity for empathy, language skills, and social skills.

What does the facilitator especially want to pay attention to with people this age? First, dialogue should be focused on age-appropriate topics. What kinds of dialogue might be age appropriate for children between 8 and 13 years? The best answer is probably another question: What are these children usually most interested in? The wise facilitator asks each group of children ...

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