Information and sources of advice for professionals supporting children and young people with more complex speech, language and communication needs
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Attention Autism is an intervention model designed by Gina Davies, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. It aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities. It has been designed to help parents and professionals give autistic young people an irresistible invitation to learn, having fun whilst doing so and providing them child with an experience worth communicating about. Training is available for both professionals and parents.
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.
DLD and Me: Supporting Children and Young People with Developmental Language Disorder
DLD and Me is a functional, engaging resource for children and young people with DLD and the professionals and families that work with them. The book consists of an easy-to-follow, 12-week programme designed to help children and young people understand their strengths, what makes them different, what DLD is and how they can support their own communication in everyday life.
Engage with Developmental Language Disorder
Engage with Developmental Language Disorder (E-DLD) connects people affected by DLD to academic research. E-DLD keep families and individuals updated on research findings; current research projects; DLD-related activities. They also host events, allowing members to meet and share experiences. E-DLD supports researchers and other professionals working to improve outcomes for people with DLD.
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.
Michael Palin Centre for Stammering
The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering helps children, young people and adults who stammer through individually-tailored therapy delivered by highly experienced specialists.
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.