Project Description

This section of the website will share information and resources for Young People who have barriers to communication.

It is difficult when we lack confidence, or have other difficulties with communication. But the good news is – there is help out there!

Selective Mutism

One type of communication difficult that some people experience is Selective Mutism.

Selective Mutism is an anxiety based condition whereby people find it difficult to communicate in certain situations. It can very difficult for family members and yourself to understand. Here are some links to help with SM:

https://findingourvoices.co.uk/

http://www.ispeak.org.uk/

http://www.selectivemutism.org.uk/about-selective-mutism/

https://ican.org.uk/i-cans-talking-point/professionals/tct-resources/more-resources/

Deafness

Another main type of communication difficulty is deafness. Some deaf teenagers report feeling judged by other people, and finding it a barrier to communicating.

Here are some resources and interesting blogs:

Deaf friendly support for young people | Communicating with deaf children (ndcs.org.uk)

10 Things No One Tells You About Being A Deaf Teen (hearinglikeme.com)

Resources – Deaf Unity

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy affects 1 in 400 children in the UK. It is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain before, during or shortly after bird. Cerebral palsy affects a person’s movements, muscle control, coordination, reflexes, muscle tone and posture. A person with CP may have slurred speech, or have little to no speech and they may communicate through pictures, or through a communication device. Communication can be very frustating for people with Cerebral Palsy as often they are acutely aware of their surroundings, and people can mistake it for a learning disability. Below are some links on how to get support if you have CP:

Cerebral Palsy

CP for young people | Disability charity Scope UK