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, 3,016 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, 2,444 hits)

Overview of SEND Reforms - Mencap (371.4 KiB, 2,476 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, 7,958 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, 4,091 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, 2,846 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, 3,655 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, 2,530 hits)

Education - colleges (455.0 KiB, 2,152 hits)

Education - special needs support in colleges (455.5 KiB, 2,329 hits)

Education - disability discrimination (440.1 KiB, 2,029 hits)

Education - sources of further information (665.6 KiB, 1,967 hits)

Education - schools (756.1 KiB, 2,023 hits)

Education - making the school SEN system work for you (671.8 KiB, 2,144 hits)

Education - higher education (658.0 KiB, 2,006 hits)

Higher Education - the Disabled Students' Allowance (298.7 KiB, 2,171 hits)

Higher Education - sources of further information (694.8 KiB, 2,111 hits)

The transition process (548.8 KiB, 2,132 hits)

The Connexions service (457.4 KiB, 2,110 hits)

Section 139a Assessments (433.5 KiB, 2,578 hits)

Social Services (300.5 KiB, 1,891 hits)

Social Services - sources of further information (342.2 KiB, 1,958 hits)

Social Services - Community Care Assessments (301.0 KiB, 1,903 hits)

Social Services - Carers' Assessments (594.4 KiB, 2,257 hits)

Housing - General Information (348.4 KiB, 2,005 hits)

Supported Housing (524.8 KiB, 1,852 hits)

Making Friends and Maintaining Friendships (589.5 KiB, 2,617 hits)

Social and Leisure Activities - general guidance (471.8 KiB, 2,306 hits)

Social and leisure activities- listings and links (369.2 KiB, 2,447 hits)

Personal Safety (287.4 KiB, 2,588 hits)

Internet Safety (553.3 KiB, 2,485 hits)

Travelling by public transport (784.8 KiB, 2,234 hits)

Driving (193.2 KiB, 3,025 hits)

Sex and relationships (258.2 KiB, 2,373 hits)