Parents and Carers

If your child, teenager or young person has a communication difficulty it can be described in the following ways:

  • not understanding what is said to them
  • not remembering what is said to them
  • not speaking clearly
  • difficulties with expressing themselves
  • difficulties with using the language they have
  • difficulties with grasping the meaning of new words, concepts
  • social communication / interaction difficulties.
  • not saying anything
  • pre-verbal

There are also many identified diagnoses or formal descriptions that you may have been given which may also mean they have a communication difficulty as part of this. Below is a list of some of these:

  • Children with additional (special) needs. This can include global developmental delay, autistic spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
  • Children with language delay
  • Children with speech (sounds) delay
  • Children with phonological ( speech sounds) delay

Additionally there may be no identified difficulty…just a concern that all is not right.

The aim of the service is to work with you by assessing what is being presented and talking with you how best to help. Sometimes all it takes is to have someone to talk to and give some pointers as to what you can do.

Art of Talking has run parent workshops /information sessions in schools and children’s centres using a range of materials from various programmes.