Good communication is the gateway to learning, friendships, academic achievement and success at work

Other Ways of Speaking

Audience: Early Years professionals, Primary professionals, Secondary professionals, parents

This booklet provides information about children and young people who use a variety of different ways to communicate, how you can help support them and where to go for further information.

You should read this booklet if you live or work with children and young people whose speech is difficult to understand or who have no speech.

The booklet was developed with Communication Matters, 1Voice, ACE Centre, ACE Centre North, The Makaton Charity, Signalong and Scope.

Please click here to download.


Traditionally we've been fortunate to have funding to send these resources directly to the people who need them at no cost to our audiences. At this time however, due to reduced funding our stocks are running low and we are currently pausing this service. We'll be checking our stock levels and looking for solutions to ensure we can still share our resources with the people who find them of most use whilst this is on pause.

In the meantime you can still download every resource we have developed for free.


Other helpful downloads:

Download 10 top tips for making communication successful here.

You can also read a one page factbox with information about AAC provision for children and young people in England here.

Interactive pdf

Please follow the link below to view Other Ways of Speaking as a user friendly interactive pdf.



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