Resources for professionals
Afasic has a range of resources aimed at professionals in teaching, speech and language therapy, youth work, social work or anyone involved with children who have speech, language and communication needs.
List of resources
- Communicating the Code
- Roving Reporters
- A Struggle to Understand
- My Speech and Me
- Passive, aggressive or assertive? Notes to My Nine Year Old Self
- The Importance of Stories
- Cheeky Chatter – Hetton School Video
- Hetton School Leaflet
- Afasic Abstract
- Listening to Children and Young People with SLCN
- Is Your School a Communication Friendly School?
- An Indicators Checklist
- Transfer to Secondary School
- ‘Watch Your Language’
- Including Young People with SLCN in Secondary School
- How to Identify and Support Chidren with SLCN
- Creating Learning and Communication-Friendly Environments
- Understanding Developmental Language Disorders
Communicating the Code
The Communication Trust has developed Communicating the Code specifically for people working directly with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and it should be of use to those working in early years, schools and post 16 settings.
Meet Emily and Frances, our two roving reporters. Emily and Frances completed an Afasic self-advocacy course last year and discovered that they really do ‘have a voice’ as well as lots of rights! With their new found confidence they decided they would like to take a look at what their home city of Sunderland has to offer young people with SLCN and to share their findings with us.
In this film Emily and Frances reflect on their experiences as they were growing up, how self-advocacy has helped them, and what they found when they went looking for SLCN friendly organisations. Emily and Frances have thought a great deal about what is needed for young people with SLCN and now they want to get their voices heard. There are important messages in this film – services for young people please take particular note!
If you provide a service for young people and would like to know more about the Afasic ‘Watch Your Language’ staff development resource pack see below.
A Struggle to Understand
Meet Chris, a young adult with SLCN. He reflects back on his struggle to understand the nature of his difficulties. This film raises very important questions for professionals and parents.
Are young people with SLCN adequately supported to understand their own difficulties? This understanding is so important in many aspects of their lives, including now the right at 16 to be involved in decisions about their own support needs.
‘My Speech and Me’, by Lavinia Scott
At Afasic we recognise that the closer we get to being able to see life through the eyes of children and young people with SLCN, the stronger our position is when it comes to supporting them and their families. In our work we are assisted by inspirational young people. Lavinia is a very talented and creative young adult, currently studying for a degree. She invites us into her life. We urge all visitors to this site to watch an animation of her story.
Passive, aggressive, or assertive? Spotlight on self-advocacy
For some time now Afasic has been gathering evidence to show how valuable self-advocacy training can be for young people with SLCN. Most recently we funded a self-advocacy course for some young people who attend a drama group for children and young people with SLCN. They decided they would make a film, based on some of their own experiences, to show how self-advocacy can help young people with SLCN.
The film they made illustrates this in very powerful ways. There are clear messages here for other children and young people, but also for professionals. Young people with SLCN need self-advocacy skills so they can speak up for themselves without fear of getting it wrong and getting into trouble.
The importance of stories – the launch of a special eBook
How often do we find ourselves telling stories of our experiences in the course of a day? Do we appreciate the importance of storytelling in our lives – especially for children and young people with SLCN?
With story-telling comes conversation, information giving, language skills, friendships, and a sense of wellbeing. Each day we reach into our memories for experiences relevant to the conversations we are having and then recount them. In doing so we establish our own identities. At the same time it helps us to make sense of events in our lives. Children with SLCN often find it hard to remember and to recount events and share the ordinary and extraordinary things that happen to them.
At a ‘Voice for Life’ event run by Afasic England in Stockton, children and young people with SLCN visited the ‘Story Telling Factory’. Supported and encouraged by Speech and Language Therapy staff and students from Speech and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, they were invited to ‘tell their stories’ through speech, writing, drawing, signing, audio and video recording. Stories were told about families, pets, holidays, strange creatures, the unexpected, and the downright chilling!
Stories of Everyday Life (3.5 MiB, 1,169 hits)
From the ‘Story Telling Factory’ comes a very special inclusive eBook – ‘Stories of Everyday Life’. This has been produced by the University from a collection of some of the stories told on the day. Afasic is delighted to launch this eBook. We are sure you will enjoy reading the stories and possibly be a little scared by some of them!
For more information about ‘Stories of Everyday Life’ and how it was created see Afasic News Spring/Summer 2014.
Cheeky Chatter – Students at Hetton School Present Their Own Training Film!
We hope you have read the leaflet that the super students at Hetton School produced –‘Speech and Language Difficulties and How Teachers Can Help in the Classroom’. Based on their leaflet, the students went on to design and deliver a training course to groups of trainee teachers from Sunderland University.
They didn’t stop there! Now you can watch their own training film. This is a ‘must’ for everyone – teachers, therapists, parents and other young people. We can all learn from these young students.
What is it like for a young person with Speech and Language Difficulties in the classroom?
The students in the language provision at Hetton School have produced their own information leaflet to help their teachers understand, as well as suggesting ways in which they can support their learning. Afasic encourages everyone working in education settings to read this leaflet. Other young people with speech and language difficulties might like to tell their teachers and their parents and carers about this leaflet.
Speech and Language Difficulties and How Teachers Can Help in the Classroom (135.6 KiB, 2,557 hits)
Afasic Abstract (free download)
For the most recent edition and previous editions, see the Afasic Abstract page.
Listening to Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs – £19.99 + P&P
(£1.50 of the book sale will go to Afasic)
Sue Roulstone and Sharynne McLeod (Editors)
Contributions from Linda Lascelles, Clare Davies-Jones and Abigail Beverly
The importance of listening to children and young people has received considerable attention in the literature, but little has been written about the particular challenges of listening to those with speech, language and communication needs. Includes insights from researchers, speech and language therapists, social workers, psychologists, teachers, advocates, and parents.
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Review - RCSLT Bulletin (66.7 KiB, 1,003 hits)
Is Your School a Communication Friendly School? – £5.00
A resource for mainstream schools – aimed at all school staff. Whilst information is specifically targeted at those children who have SLCI, many of the ideas will benefit the whole school community. This booklet is designed to provide a basic understanding of SLCI with practial tips and strategies that will support pupils with SLCI in the school environment, both inside and outside the classroom.
An Indicators Checklist (for non-specialist staff) – £5.00
This publication is aimed at youth workers, social workers, leisure workers, mainstream teachers/assistants, staff working in the youth justice system, who are in regular contact with children and young people.
The checklist includes:
What is speech and language?
Models of language development
Checklist 1 – signs and symptoms
Checklist 2 – possible behaviours and how to support
References and further reading
Transfer to Secondary School: Moving on Moving up – £5.00
The aim of this new pack from Afasic England is to help families and schools support pupils with speech, language and communication impairments as they transfer from primary to secondary education.
The pack is designed for all pupils and includes a Pupil Profile Form for children with additional learning needs including speech, language and communication needs.
The pack was first produced by the London Borough of Redbridge with the original pack receiving a national Leading Aspect Award for multi-agency working to promote positive links between parents and schools.
‘Watch Your Language’ – £17.00
A Staff Development Resource Pack
A resource pack for staff working with young people 11+ in youth and leisure services.
This training pack has been developed to enable individuals and organisations working with young people to gain an understanding of what speech, language and communication impairments (SLCI) are, and to provide guidance to ensure both best and inclusive practice.
The pack includes a DVD, activity cards and case studies.
Including Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties in Secondary School – £12.50
The publication comprises two parts. Part A is available a a hard copy, and the CD which accompanies the publication contains both parts A and B. Part A is intended for subject teachers and learning support assistants in secondary schools. Part B, only available on the CD, provides a set of related materials for use by specialists delivering training within dedicated CPD time for groups of teachers in secondary schools.
How to identify and support children with speech & language difficulties – £12.00
(Incorporates the Afasic Checklists for children aged 4-10)
Jane Speake offers a straightforward guide to identifying the primary school children affected with SLCN and a wealth of practical advice on support. The Afasic Checklists are easy to use tests for use by the non-specialist teacher to help spot a child with difficulties and show what signs to look out for.
(published by LDA)
Creating Learning and Communication-Friendly Environments for Young People – £1.00
10 tips for colleges, employers and agencies working with young people who have communication difficulties. Written by Maggie Johnson.
Edited by Courtney Frazier Norbury, J Bruce Tomblin and Dorothy V M Bishop
The chapters in this book, which arose from the 4th Afasic International Symposium, represent the cutting edge in research and practice in the field of developmental language disorders.
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