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Communication for young people - 16 to 25

All children and young people are entitled to:

  • Teaching approaches appropriate to meet the needs of all young people including those with speech, language and communication needs
  • Lecturers who are aware of typically developing speech, language and communication and the affect a delayed or disordered development can have on learning
  • Lecturers who are aware of their own communication and are able to create a language rich environment, which provides language learning opportunities and interactions
  • In order to ensure smooth transition arrangements post-16 providers will acknowledge communication needs to ensure young people are in education, employment or training
  • Access to a GP
  • Access to a school setting or professional that can refer to speech and language therapy while up to age 18

Some children and young people may need

  • Identification of an emerging speech, language and communication need impacting on the levels of learning required by their study programmes
  • To continue and develop strategies provided by the school speech and language therapist via transition processes
  • Person-centred approaches to meeting identified needs
  • Access to appropriate school based interventions to provide a boost to language learning delivered by appropriately trained members of staff, for example Bricks for Autism therapy, colourful semantics etc

A few children and young people may need

  • Access to the adult learning disability team
  • Identified members of staff who can support speech and language programmes in the setting (if required) following the advice and guidance of the speech and language therapist
  • Advice about alternative, augmentative communication (AAC) available through Blackpool Council SEND support team
  • Access to specialist communication software and equipment, advice and signposting can be given through Blackpool Council SEND Support team.