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Speech sounds in the early years – some typical ages and stages for development

A blog from I CAN Communication Advisor, Amanda Baxter. Ma fweds Peas and Cawwot (My friends are Reece and Charlotte) When children are learning to talk they are still learning to make the sounds we use as adults. A lot of hard work goes in to this – and has been since they were born! All those endless blowing raspberries, …

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Guest blog post: How your front door can become a daily learning experience

Today’s blog post comes from Sarah Leonard, a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and mum to Lexi. Here she talks about different ways of developing listening skills in the early years and how even your front door can become a daily learning experience… Life with Lexi has started to fly by. I’m not sure when it happened but Lexi is …

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 Talk About Talk Secondary blog: Evaluation baseline

The pilot of the latest I CAN project for secondary schools, Talk About Talk Secondary, is now well underway. Talk About Talk Secondary is a programme that will train and support young people with poor communication to deliver workshops about communication difficulties to local employers. And in delivering these workshops, we expect young people’s communication skills to improve. Of course, …

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Books Come Alive at Meath School

A few weeks ago, I CAN’s Meath School for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) had a whole week of book focused activities. The week included World Book Day and the children enjoyed a range of stories read not only by the teaching staff but other people from the wider school community including the CEO of I CAN, …

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Early Talk Boost Case Study – Ambleside Centre, Reading

In September 2015 I CAN launched a brand new intervention for 3 – 4 year olds with delayed language, Early Talk Boost. Since then I CAN have been busy training Licensed Tutors who have been cascading training to early years practitioners across the country, enabling them to deliver the intervention to children in their settings. Phil Armstrong, manager of the …

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