As a parent, carer, or young person with SLCN, you may want to know what the effects of finding it difficult to talk to others, might be, both now and in the future.
Researchers are trying to answer these questions. There is a growing body of research about how individuals who find talking and understanding difficult, get on in education, in work and the risk of these needs having a lasting impact on health, developing independence and social relationships. In the research, this is referred to as ‘outcomes’.
Research into these outcomes and our experience of working with families indicates that outcomes vary and emphasises the importance of receiving the right help as early as possible. However even if an individual is older it is never too late to make a difference with the right help.
The views of children and young people who find talking difficult
Children and young people say that they sometimes feel angry, frustrated and distressed if others don’t understand them. They can also feel these emotions when for example others interrupt, shout or tease and don’t take the time to listen.
Research into the views of children and young people with communication needs shows the importance of adults in their environment:
- Taking the time to get to know them,
- Listening carefully to them, and
- Supporting them to do tasks for themselves.
There are various factors that can influence the impact of having difficulties with talking and understanding.