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11 to 14 years

 

11-14 years


Language development at this stage is a gradual process.  Changes still take place but they are harder to see. Teens need to learn to develop relationships and join in social activities on their own.

Usually teens will:

  • Use longer sentences; usually 7-12 words or more
  • Know how to use sarcasm. Know when others are being sarcastic to them
  • Be able to change topic well in conversations
  • Use more subtle and witty humour
  • Show some understanding of idioms, such as “put your money where your mouth is!”
  • Know that they talk differently to friends than to teachers
  • Understand and use slang terms with friends. They keep up with rapidly changing ‘street talk’
 

(Information from I CAN, the children’s communication charity, (UK Registered charity 21003) www.icancharity.org.uk)

If you are concerned about your teen, speak to their class teacher, the SENCO or Head Teacher. They will be able to refer you to our services. You will typically be invited to attend an appointment at your teen’s school. From this initial appointment we will decide the best intervention for your teen. This might include targets for school to work on.