Information and sources of advice for professionals supporting children and young people with identified speech, language and communication needs
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Parent information, advice and resources - Worcestershire
The Worcestershire Speech and Language Therapy service website provides a comprehensive range of resources, advice and You Tube videos to help parents to support their child / young person at home.
Visit the website to find:
- Information about speech, language and communication
- Free resources you can download and use at home
- Links to our You Tube channel where you will find demonstrations of activities you can do at home
- Further information about the local team, where we work and what services we provide
I CAN How to support communication
This information for families provides ideas for them to support their young person and forms part of I CAN's guide to the typical stages of speech and language development. Children and young people develop language at different rates and understanding what is typical and what parents and carers can do to support communication and language helps provide them with a great start.
Afasic Young Person's Helpline
If a young person you work with needs someone else to talk to about school or college or people who can help, signpost to the Afasic Young Person's Helpline. The friendly team can answer their questions and give them more information about anything to do with SEN or Disability.
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is diagnosed when children and young people struggle with language, resulting in children who have difficulty understanding what people say to them, and struggle to articulate their ideas and feelings. This website provides you with information and resources to help identify and support children and young people with DLD. Information can also be shared with families and carers of children and young people with DLD.
Makaton sign and symbol resources
These free Makaton resources are available for you to access and use to support communication with young people. These symbols and signs, which can also be shared with families and carers, help you to provide extra information and clues about what you are saying as well as support the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening and understanding.
Signs and Symbols
Widgit provides symbols that can be used to support communication making information, documents and resources to be more accessible and inclusive. The symbols can be used for a variety of purposes such as creating communication books to share information; visual timetables to support understanding of structure and routine; task boards to support independent learning; pictures to develop vocabulary and to support children learning English as an additional language.
This website has information to support your understanding of how to use symbols including training resources, events and links to a network of organisations around the UK who offer advice and support.
There is also information for parents and carers to help them understand how they can use symbols to support young people.
Don't Get Me Wrong
Information about identifying speech, language and communication needs including a checklist of 35 indicators helps to identify if a young adult may have difficulties with their understanding of spoken language, the meaning of their message, function or reason for communication including pragmatics and social communication. Use to support your understanding and assessment of a young adult's needs and share with parents and carers who are concerned. Download here: Don't Get Me Wrong
Action for Stammering Helpline
Action for Stammering Children (ASC) is a UK charity which aims for a society where children and young people who stammer have the same opportunities and quality of life as their peers. Their goal is to ensure that every child and young person across the UK who stammers has access to effective services and support to help them meet the challenges they face. Call their helpline to speak to a professional who will be able to answer your questions.
The British Stammering Association, now known as Stamma since 2019, is a national organisation for people who stammer and their families. It also provides information, advice and support for professionals working with people who stammer.