Child Psychology Short Course

Matric College, in partnership with Skills Academy, now offers Child Psychology Courses. Take this first course in the programme to learn about children’s mental development and how to communicate with them.

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Short Course In Child Psychology

Programme Type

Provider Programme

Award Type

Skills Academy Short Course In Child Psychology

Award Issued By

Skills Academy

Accredited By

Not Applicable

Course Duration

4 Months

Entrance Criteria

Anyone can study (must understand English)

1. Introduction to Business English

2. Communicating with Children

3. Learning Psychology

1. Introduction to Business English

  • Introduction to communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Business writing
  • Speaking, listening and reading skills
  • Meetings
  • Presentations
  • Work readiness


2. Communicating with Children

Module 1 – Helping children deal with their feelings:

  • Understand the importance of attentive listening skills to help children feel accepted
  • Recognise the importance of acknowledging feelings with a word
  • Define and be able to practise the process of giving feelings a name
  • Understand the concept of giving a child his or her wishes in fantasy

Module 2 – Engaging cooperation:

  • Describe what you see, or describe the problem
  • Give information that will encourage your child to cooperate
  • Explain what you mean with a word
  • Describe what you feel
  • Know when to write a note to communicate with your child

Module 3 – Alternatives to punishment:

  • Point out a way to your child to be helpful
  • Express strong disapproval without breaking down character
  • State your expectations
  • Show your child how to make amends
  • Offer a choice
  • Take action
  • Allow your child to experience the consequences of misbehaviour
  • Be able to solve problems with a list

Module 4 – Engaging autonomy:

  • Let children make choices
  • Show respect for a child’s struggleNot ask too many questions
  • Not rush to answer questions
  • Encourage children to use sources outside the homeNot take away hope from a child

Module 5 – Praise:

  • Describe what you see in order to praise your child
  • Describe what you feel when you give praise
  • Sum up your child’s praiseworthy behaviour with a word

Module 6 – Freeing children from playing roles:

  • Look for opportunities to show your child a new picture of himself or herself
  • Put children in situations where they can see themselves differently
  • Let children overhear you talk positively about them
  • Model the behaviour you would like to see in your child
  • Be a storehouse for your child’s special moments
  • When your child behaves according to the old label, state your feelings and/or your expectations

Module 7 – Practical advice


3. Learning Psychology

Approaches to Early Learning:

  • Learning psychology
  • Social, moral and cognitive development
  • Individual differences and disabilities
  • Learning and cognition
  • Behavioural perspective
  • Cognitive perspective
  • Social cognitive perspective
  • Constructivist approach
  • Motivation
  • Conditions for effective learning:
    1. The learning process
    2. Contemporary perspectives on effective learning process
    3. Factors that contribute to individual differences in performance as an output of learning

Brain-Based Learning:

  • Effects of brain damage
  • Substances influencing brain activity
  • Understanding perception
  • Perception effects on learning
  • Areas of visual perception
  • Areas of auditory perception
  • Perception and reality

Personality and Temperament Traits:

  • Classic child development temperament traits
  • Humanistic theories
  • Personality
  • Jung’s theory
  • Five-factor model
  • Locus of control
  • Motives
  • Openness to experience
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extraversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

Self-Awareness and its Effect on Learning:

  • Self-concept and its nature
  • Self-esteem and its influence on learning
  • Self-esteem, grades and relationships
  • Ways to enhance self-awareness
  • Strategies for self-motivation
  • Developing direction

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Last Updated: January 20, 2020