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Supporting children through induction and transition at I CAN’s Dawn House School.

Kathy Horton is a Learning Mentor at Dawn House School, I CAN’s specialist school for children aged 5-19 with severe and complex speech, language and communication difficulties. We spoke to Kathy about how students at Dawn House School are supported during their initial induction into the school and throughout their school life. Tell us a little bit more about your …

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Early identification and intervention

When they hear the term ‘early identification and intervention’, many people think this is just about the early years of a child’s life – but it’s not. It’s about recognising difficulties quickly, identifying and making a prompt intervention to support children and their families so that issues are tackled before they become more ingrained problems. Thinking in this way, early …

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Talk about Talk Secondary

The Talk about Talk Secondary pilot is now in its second phase with schools having received their new printed folders at the start of term. This cohort of schools have received something else to test out along with their shiny intervention folder; our new Talk for Work Profile! The profile consists of two elements; a main profile and a student self-rating …

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Top Tips from I CAN for International Literacy Day

Speech, language and literacy are linked – fact. This is because to develop good literacy skills, you need to be able to speak and understand language. If you can’t say it or understand it, you won’t be able to read it or write it. Thursday 8th September is International Literacy Day – a day which celebrates the efforts and progress …

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Supporting children with specific language impairment (SLI): What works?

This week we spoke to Ami Mathur, a speech and language therapist (SLT) and regional Makaton tutor whose service has received I CAN Accreditation at the specialist level for over 10 years. Here she tells us more about collaborating with the education service to provide the best support for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Tell us a …

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