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:

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: information@scope.org.uk