Children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) are far more likely to have communication problems than their peers. Exploring the ways in which children's language and emotional development are linked, Melanie Cross considers the reasons why behavioural and communication difficulties often occur together. Identifying the common causes of these problems, and why they so often go undetected, she provides practical guidelines for assessing communication skills, and describes the complexities of identifying communication problems in children, including those in public care. She shows that improving children's communication skills can also improve their behaviour, and that speech and language therapy is an important, yet often absent, service for children with SEBD. This second edition also contains information on unidentified and unmet communication needs in vulnerable young people, including young offenders and those at risk of social exclusion, as well as on the mental health consequences of communication difficulties.
Containing practical strategies to help children and young people to develop their emotional and communication skills, this book will be an invaluable resource for speech and language therapists, social workers, teachers and other professionals working with children with emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties.
Dedication. Introduction.; 1. Are Language and Emotional Development Linked? What Are Language and Communication Skills? Language Development. Emotional Development. Language, Thinking and Emotional Development Intertwined. Conclusion.; 2. The Links Between Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Communication Problems. Are There Links Between Communication Problems and Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)? Why Do Communication and Emotional Problems Occur Together? Conclusion.; 3. Undetected Communication Problems and their Impact. How Many Children Have Communication Problems? Undetected Communication Problems in Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Why Are Communication Problems Often Undetected? The Significance of Communication Problems. Conclusion and Implications.; 4. Language and Social Disadvantage: Communication Difficulties in Vulnerable Children and Young People. Language and Social Disadvantage. Why is There a Link Between Language and Social Disadvantage. Vulnerable Groups with an Increased Risk of Communication Problems. Conclusion and Implications.; 5. The Identification and Assessment of Communication Difficulties in Children with SEBD. What are Communication Problems and how are they Identified? Which Language Skills Should be Assessed in Children with SEBD? A Holistic Approach. Assessing the Communication Skills of Children and Young People with SEBD. Screening/Clinical Markers. Standardised Assessment. Informal Assessment. Conclusion.; 6. What Can be Done to Help Young People with Communication and Social, Emotional and Behavioural Problems. What Everyone Can Do to Support Children and Young People with SEBCD. Specific Interventions. Research and Evaluation. Conclusion.; Appendix I: Indicators List for Identifying Communication Difficulties.; Appendix II: Strategies for Supporting Communication Problems. References. Index.