Teaching and learning communication skills in social work education
Practice example 4: A lot to say: A guide for social workers, personal advisors and others working with disabled children and young people with communication impairments (2002) By Jenny Morris, London: Scope
This guide offers advice and information to social workers, Connexions personal advisers and others working with children and young people who have communication impairments. It will be of use in a number of settings - health, social services, education, and private and voluntary sector agencies. It is aimed at professionals who are not specialists in communication impairments, but who have responsibilities to assess the needs, and seek the views of, this important group of children and young people.
Drawing on the expertise of both those who work with young people with communication impairments, and young people themselves, the guide:
- summarises what gets in the way of communicating;
- offers practical advice about getting to know how someone communicates and how to find out their views;
- identifies how you can help someone maximise their communication potential;
- lists the resources available to those working with this group of young people;
- provides information on the legal framework concerning communication, and identifies sources of funding.
User participation in planning, delivery and evaluation
The guide was written in collaboration with young disabled people who have communication impairments. Social workers and speech and language therapists were consulted on a draft.
Other key stakeholder participation in planning, delivery and evaluation
A lawyer provided advice on the section in the guide about legal entitlements (which covers entitlements for both those aged 16 and below and for those over 16).
Learning aims and outcomes
This is intended as a resource for all those who come into contact with disabled children and adults who have communication impairments. It will help to both communicate with this group of service users and also to ensure that communication needs are appropriately assessed, reviewed and responded to.
Assessment of earning
Integration between university and practice curricula.
A list of resources, references and relevant organisations is given in the guide. A companion guide, written by disabled people, was published at the same time entitled The good practice guide for support workers and personal assistants working with disabled people with communication impairments (2002). Both guides are available free from Scope, tel 020 7619 7341, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org