Planning for Life After 16

FREE fact sheets

Please note: these fact sheets contain helpful information for parents but may not be up to date in some areas due to the recent changes in SEN law.

The Planning for Life After 16 factsheets provide information for parents of young people with speech and language impairments in their teens and twenties.

This series of factsheets is designed to help you navigate a smooth path through your son or daughter’s teenage years and into adulthood.

At first glance, the outlook for young people with significant speech and language impairments can appear quite depressing. Parents are often shocked to discover that:

  • There is no exact equivalent to replace statements, which are discontinued when young people leave school, most commonly at 16.
  • There are no services specifically for adults with speech and language impairments – even local speech and language therapy services rarely cater for them.
  • There is little awareness that speech and language impairments can affect adults, or any understanding of their impact.

But all is not lost. As ever, forewarned is forearmed, and you can help your son or daughter most by finding out in good time what your options are and how to make the Transition process work for you. These factsheets will help you do that.


Education - a general introduction (293.3 KiB, 920 hits)

Education - colleges (276.0 KiB, 586 hits)

Education - special needs support in colleges (298.7 KiB, 637 hits)

Education - disability discrimination (283.3 KiB, 528 hits)

Education - sources of further information (290.2 KiB, 555 hits)

Education - schools (270.0 KiB, 505 hits)

Education - making the school SEN system work for you (271.5 KiB, 585 hits)

Education - higher education (282.2 KiB, 526 hits)

Higher Education - the Disabled Students' Allowance (271.0 KiB, 559 hits)

Higher Education - sources of further information (318.0 KiB, 490 hits)

The transition process (187.5 KiB, 583 hits)

The Connexions service (379.7 KiB, 663 hits)

Section 139a Assessments (273.2 KiB, 733 hits)

Social Services (279.5 KiB, 484 hits)

Social Services - sources of further information (310.4 KiB, 511 hits)

Social Services - Community Care Assessments (273.2 KiB, 510 hits)

Social Services - Carers' Assessments (173.0 KiB, 571 hits)

Housing - General Information (185.5 KiB, 518 hits)

Supported Housing (201.6 KiB, 526 hits)

Making Friends and Maintaining Friendships (197.5 KiB, 749 hits)

Social and Leisure Activities - general guidance (179.7 KiB, 743 hits)

Social and leisure activities- listings and links (205.3 KiB, 750 hits)

Personal Safety (185.4 KiB, 672 hits)

Internet Safety (175.9 KiB, 607 hits)

Travelling by public transport (194.5 KiB, 666 hits)

Driving (194.5 KiB, 1,417 hits)

Sex and relationships (194.5 KiB, 583 hits)

Please note that everybody’s situation will be different. The factsheets contain a range of general information and guidance likely to be useful to the parents of young people with speech and language impairments, but not all of it will apply to everyone and you will almost certainly find that some of it is not relevant to you.

If you need more help identifying the best way forward in your particular circumstances, or would just like to talk to a sympathetic ear, please contact the Afasic Helpline on 08453 55 55 77 or 0207 490 9420.