By 18 young people are able to confidently follow complex directions, can advocate for themselves when they need help, and should have a wide vocabulary which they can use to form longer complex sentences. They can maintain the topic of conversation for longer periods of time and use language creatively for social purposes. They can switch between formal and informal conversational styles with ease.
Facts and figures
of young people referred for mental health service have communication difficulties.
of young people accessing the youth justice service present with SLCN (speech, language and communication needs).
more likely to be unemployed for a longer period of time if you have DLD.
of long-term unemployed men have SLCN.