An International Perspective: Supporting Adolescents with Speech, Language, and Communication Needs in the United Kingdom

Joffe, V. (2015). An International Perspective: Supporting Adolescents with Speech, Language, and Communication Needs in the United Kingdom. Seminars in Speech and Language, 36(1), pp. 74-86. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1396448

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of the education system in the United Kingdom, with a particular focus on the secondary school context and supporting older children and young people with speech, language, and communication needs (SLCNs). Despite the pervasive nature of speech, language, and communication difficulties and their long-term impact on academic performance, mental health, and well-being, evidence suggests that there is limited support to older children and young people with SLCNs in the United Kingdom, relative to what is available in the early years. Focus in secondary schools is predominantly on literacy, with little attention to supporting oral language. The article provides a synopsis of the working practices of pediatric speech and language therapists working with adolescents in the United Kingdom and the type and level of speech and language therapy support provided for older children and young people with SLCNs in secondary and further education. Implications for the nature and type of specialist support to adolescents and adults with SLCNs are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Thieme Publishing 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Special Educational Needs, Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), Speech and Language Therapy, International, UK
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13201

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