Afasic - how to help your school age child to talk and develop understanding skills

Talking and understanding others involves a range of skills that continue to develop throughout school. The information on this page contains practical tips to encourage your child and toddler to talk and to develop their listening skills. We also have some useful information about choosing a school.  If you need advice or support about your child’s talking or understanding skills, then please contact our Helpline.

Tips and ideas to help listening and talking
These sheets contain practical advice with ideas for games and activities to help children practise and develop their skills in a fun way.
Produced by Afasic Cymru and written by Zein Pereira, an independent S&L Therapist. References are available for each of the leaflets. 

Primary School

Helping your school age child to listen (299.5 KiB, 2,494 hits)

Helping your school age child put words together (281.4 KiB, 2,470 hits)

Helping your school age child with speech sounds (253.8 KiB, 2,457 hits)

Helping your school age child to understand what you say (340.3 KiB, 1,742 hits)

Helping your school age child to understand and use words (261.9 KiB, 1,873 hits)

Helping your school age child - bumpy talking (264.3 KiB, 1,750 hits)

Helping your school age child to interact with others (263.7 KiB, 1,500 hits)


Secondary School

Helping your secondary school age child to explain and tell stories (256.9 KiB, 507 hits)

Helping your secondary school age child to develop their vocabulary (384.5 KiB, 1,365 hits)

Helping your secondary school age child to interact with others (427.6 KiB, 1,157 hits)

Help at home
These ‘help at home’ fact sheets are aimed at parents with young children.
They contain useful practical advice with games and activities to help children develop skills and language.

Using words and talking (112.4 KiB, 1,295 hits)

Understanding language (122.6 KiB, 1,231 hits)

Getting rid of dummies (98.7 KiB, 1,146 hits)

Concentrating and listening (109.0 KiB, 1,218 hits)

Before words (116.3 KiB, 966 hits)

Bumpy speech (86.4 KiB, 1,356 hits)

Play (122.2 KiB, 1,149 hits)


Toddler Talk by Margo Sharp
This 5 page factsheet gives examples of games to play with your child to help develop their early communication skills.

Toddler Talk (269.6 KiB, 4,283 hits)


School Visits – Questions to Ask
Suggested questions to ask when visiting schools to give you a better idea of whether the school can provide for the educational needs for your child with SLCN.  As well as education provision, you may also want to consider outside activities and parent liaison.

School Visits - Questions To Ask (360.7 KiB, 6,822 hits)


Disabled children, schools and the Equality Act 2010 – Free download 
by Phillippa Stobbs, Asst Director, Council for Disabled Children
This document focusses on how the duties apply to disabled children in schools.

Disabled children, schools and the Equality Act 2010 (239.8 KiB, 3,504 hits)


New Duty on Schools and Local Authorities to Provide Auxiliary Aids and Services to Children with Disabilities – Free Download
This new duty was included in the 2010 Equality Act and came into force on 1 September 2012.

News Rights on Auxiliary Aids (87.3 KiB, 3,379 hits)