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Communication skills include listening, understanding, talking and interacting with others.
At school you’ll be asked to use various communication skills to help you do various tasks, for example, asking questions, explaining your thoughts, negotiating, problem solving and even giving presentations in front of others. There will be a lot of new words (vocabulary) to learn in each subject.
Some young people find this difficult and need some extra help to:
A speech and language therapist may visit school to advise teaching staff.
Some young people may have experienced difficulties from a young age and continue to need support with. For example they may have:
If you’re worried about your talking or communication skills and would like some advice, talk to your public health nurse (School Nurse), GP or your tutor at school.
If you have any more questions about communication difficulties or would like to speak to somebody about this, look at the links below or search for local services in the blue box below. You can always contact your public health nurse.
Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.
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