Afasic - know your rights for your child with talking difficulties

If your child needs support to understand, listen and talk or communicate with others, it is important to have a good understanding of your child’s needs and find out about:

  • what support services are available
  • what you can expect at each stage
  • your legal rights

If your child’s needs with talking and understanding affect their learning to the extent that additional support is required in school, they may have special educational needs.

There are a number of publications, most free to download, that you may find helpful.

Special Educational Needs
Following the changes to the way that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported in England, the Local Authority should be publishing information about the speech and language support that is available in schools in your local area.

Afasic has produced a guide to the SEND reforms. This set of 12 free factsheets explains the changes and how they affect parents and children.

If you live in Wales, please visit Afasic Cymru for information that is relevant to your area.

Equal rights

Disabled children, schools and the Equality Act 2010 (239.8 KiB, 5,345 hits)

News Rights on Auxiliary Aids (87.3 KiB, 4,252 hits)

Speech and language therapy
Accessing speech and language therapy for your child – a guide to the law

Financial support
Claiming benefits for children with speech and language impairments.