Young People

Young people begin to use speaking, listening, reading, writing, and socialising in different and more complex ways.

Young people may begin to find high school more challenging. They have to listen to and use longer words and sentences to learn and socialise. If they have difficulties with listening and talking, it can seem like they don’t understand what they have to do. They are often described as ‘disorganised’, and find it hard to complete set tasks on time. They can also have difficulties making friends, keeping friends or building successful peer relationships.

Learning for young people also becomes highly dependent on their reading and writing skills. Young people are expected to read more complex information and think about it in different ways. They are also expected to convey their ideas in different ways by finding the right words, putting complex sentences together and organising their written work. Difficulties learning this way may translate to school being ‘hard’ and many young people are at-risk of disengaging from it.

Click here if you have any questions about how we can help your child or you (if you’re a young person).

External links: Young people

Gameplan – Adolescent Language
The Conversation – Young Offenders Need a Verbal Toolkit to Unlock Literacy