It pays to complain

Great News! The other day, the Afasic Helpline received a call from a parent who was so dissatisfied with the speech and language therapy service locally that she complained – and was immediately offered a meeting to discuss her concerns. This is really what Afasic is all about and it would be great to hear…

Reaching out to Parents

We’ve recently received several queries as a direct result of the radio programme featuring Dorothy Bishop. They were all from parents who had struggled for some time to understand their children’s difficulties and get them taken seriously. There must be lots more parents in this position – who need the Helpline but do not know about us. Please help…

Use them, Or lose them!

The Afasic Helpline team have been rather disturbed to hear recently that  a number of language units and bases around the country apparently have empty places.  In Afasic’s experience, few mainstream schools are able to understand or meet the needs of children with severe speech and language difficulties and, ever since the charity was founded,…

Just because he doesn’t understand, it doesn’t mean he’s stupid!

Here’s an interesting question. On the Afasic helpline recently, I’ve asked a couple of parents, ‘Does your child understand what you’re saying?’, only for them to reply, ‘Oh yes, he’s not stupid!’ Well, of course that wasn’t what I meant. Afasic, after all, is primarily about  specific speech and language impairments. Yet, there seems to be an almost…

Green Paper Next Steps – May

So, finally, the Government has released its ‘Next Steps’ document announcing its future plans for SEN. Quite why it took so long I don’t know, as it mostly just confirms the Government’s intention to go ahead and implement the proposals in the Green Paper.  One thing that appears to have gone, though, is the intention to…