supporting young people - Afasic

On this page you will find some useful information for young people who are facing challenges with talking and understanding others. We also have a young person’s identity card available to buy from our Shop.  If you need advice or support about your child’s talking or understanding skills, then please contact our Helpline.

Young people’s experiences of hidden disability
Lydia Knight, a young person who was helped by Afasic when she was younger, has conducted a research project to find out the views of other young people with SLCN. The results of the project can be viewed below:

Young people's experiences of hidden disability in school and college (1.7 MiB, 2,028 hits)


Information about recent changes to the law
From September 2014 there has been changes to the way children and young people in England are helped at school or college. Have a look at these downloads below:

Guide to SEND Reforms - Council for Disabled Children (205.8 KiB, 1,848 hits)

Overview of SEND Reforms - Mencap (371.4 KiB, 1,882 hits)

What do children and young people think about speech, language and communication skills?
The Communication Trust have been consulting with children and young people to discover their views on the role adults play in supporting communication skills. This consultation reports what the young people said and their recommendations to the children’s workforce.

What do children and young people think about speech, language and communication skills? (1.2 MiB, 7,115 hits)

Story Telling – a great eBook
Stories are great! They can be fun to tell, fun to listen to, and great to read. As well as that, stories can help us in lots of ways. Speaking, listening and understanding can be hard for young people with speech, language and communication difficulties. Stories can help us with speaking, listening and understanding. We can learn a lot from stories. When we talk to people we might be telling them about things that have happened to us – we are telling them our stories. Some of the stories are happy and some of the stories are quite scary! Have a look.
Download the eBook below:

Stories of Everyday Life (3.5 MiB, 3,176 hits)

Young Peoples Guide to Afasic
Have a look at this info to find out how Afasic can help you. It also suggests ways you could help Afasic.Together we can help other young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Afasic Guide for Young People (1.2 MiB, 2,061 hits)

Young people have their say
Afasic asked a group of young people ‘How we can make information really useful for you?’ They had lots of great suggestions. Have a look at what they had to say:

Afasic consults young people (1.1 MiB, 3,013 hits)

Planning for life after 16
The Planning for Life After 16 factsheets provide information for parents of young people with speech and language impairments in their teens and twenties. 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. This series of factsheets is designed to help you navigate a smooth path through your son or daughter’s teenage years and into adulthood.

Education - a general introduction (643.3 KiB, 1,783 hits)

Education - colleges (455.0 KiB, 1,488 hits)

Education - special needs support in colleges (455.5 KiB, 1,599 hits)

Education - disability discrimination (440.1 KiB, 1,336 hits)

Education - sources of further information (665.6 KiB, 1,333 hits)

Education - schools (756.1 KiB, 1,344 hits)

Education - making the school SEN system work for you (671.8 KiB, 1,491 hits)

Education - higher education (658.0 KiB, 1,380 hits)

Higher Education - the Disabled Students' Allowance (298.7 KiB, 1,418 hits)

Higher Education - sources of further information (694.8 KiB, 1,469 hits)

The transition process (548.8 KiB, 1,418 hits)

The Connexions service (457.4 KiB, 1,538 hits)

Section 139a Assessments (433.5 KiB, 1,802 hits)

Social Services (300.5 KiB, 1,252 hits)

Social Services - sources of further information (342.2 KiB, 1,310 hits)

Social Services - Community Care Assessments (301.0 KiB, 1,304 hits)

Social Services - Carers' Assessments (594.4 KiB, 1,603 hits)

Housing - General Information (348.4 KiB, 1,345 hits)

Supported Housing (524.8 KiB, 1,246 hits)

Making Friends and Maintaining Friendships (589.5 KiB, 1,869 hits)

Social and Leisure Activities - general guidance (471.8 KiB, 1,666 hits)

Social and leisure activities- listings and links (369.2 KiB, 1,756 hits)

Personal Safety (287.4 KiB, 1,885 hits)

Internet Safety (553.3 KiB, 1,791 hits)

Travelling by public transport (784.8 KiB, 1,596 hits)

Driving (193.2 KiB, 2,380 hits)

Sex and relationships (258.2 KiB, 1,671 hits)