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.


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.

bi borough training resources


Continue to support vocabulary development by explicitly teaching the meaning of new academic words, checking the young person understands more complex vocabulary they may encounter, and by modelling interesting descriptive language during conversations.

It’s helpful to keep encouraging young people to reflect on their language or communication skills i.e how could you have made your point more concise? Or how could you approach that situation differently next time?

Help & support

If you’re concerned about a young person’s speech, language and communication development, or simply seeking some support, there are a number of helpful organisations you can contact. Ones we recommend include: The Communication Trust (a database of commonly used intervention programmes and their evidence), ICAN(a communication charity providing information and support) and AFASIC (a parent-led initiative offering objective advice).

General training


Discover our range of free online speech, language and communication resources offering tips and resources you can easily apply with young people at school.

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Training those who work with young people in a professional capacity is a key part of the speech and language therapy work we undertake within the Bi-borough Children’s Services. If your role requires regular contact with young people find out how our training can help you to communicate more effectively with babies through to teenager.