Unlocking Speech and
AFASIC - North Surrey is a parent led, local self-funding branch of the national charity AFASIC, formerly known as the Association For Speech Impaired Children (registered charity no. 1045617). We are run by a committee of volunteers who are mostly parents of children with speech and language impairments. We have been in existence for 33 years, supporting about 80 – 90 children and young adults annually, through volunteers.
Chairman: Holly Nash
Vice Chairman: Julie King
Secretary: Christine Beams
Treasurer: Phillip Cameron
Assistant Treasurer: Martin Trenaman
The committee comprises the officers above and other volunteers. Some have particular areas of responsibility.
Jill Ashby (lead for Links)
Malcolm Stuart (lead for Tech)
Gary Nash (Surrey CC partnership for Senior Friday Club)
Maria Elvin (Junior Friday Club)
Sarah Maton (Junior Friday Club)
Emma Spillane (Middle Friday Club)
Danine Cronk (new 2016 - Activity week focus)
Julie Inglis (new 2016)
Our area of operation covers Ashtead and Leatherhead in the Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, Banstead, Elmbridge and other areas of Surrey.
We support speech and language impaired children and young adults. We run a fortnightly ‘Friday Club’ – separate sections for the under and over 11’s – so the children can enjoy group activities in a supportive environment. We also organise summer activity weeks, some residential, for the children and young adults.
We help parents who want to discuss their child's difficulties. We refer on to the national afasic helpline 0845 3 55 55 77 for parents who want help to obtain Statements of Special Educational Need, and other appropriate support. We run occasional conferences with professionals to improve understanding of the causes and treatment of these disabilities.
Speech and language impaired children have a difficulty with one or more aspects of speech, language and communication. They may not properly process language – speaking and/or listening and/or understanding. Many people with communication difficulties have poor non-verbal communication skills, as well as difficulty with communication through language - it is estimated that three quarters of human interaction is non-verbal, involving gestures, facial expressions etc. This clearly has a knock-on impact on reading, writing and overall education. Some of these children may have physical or co-ordination problems, as well as behavioural or other personal difficulties, and social skills problems.
The national afasic website has more detailed information about these issues and a series of publications is available at www.afasic.org.uk
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