Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2018’

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Meath Choir

Rachael Wyeth is a Senior Learning Support Assistant at I CAN’s Meath School for pupils with speech and / or language disorders in Surrey.  Here she tells us about the pupils’ involvement in the “Meath Singers” school choir. All through the week, groups of children can be heard singing one of our favourite warm up songs in the playground. By …

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Communication is Crucial!

This was the title of the first chapter in the original Bercow report, written in 2008 by John Bercow. It is also the first chapter in the follow up report Bercow: Ten Years On: an independent review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) – launched on March 20th this year. So what …

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Carla’s Story

Samuel was diagnosed with having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Year 1. Before this diagnosis we always knew something was bothering him at a young age; often we would have to sit or stand with him to get him to sit still.  We were worried about starting Samuel at primary school; we had quite a few issues where he …

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Inclusive Communication

Jessie Luckins is the Senior Speech and Language Therapist at I CAN’s Meath School in Surrey. Here she talks about some of the technology we use to assist children with complex SLCN, so they can communicate with confidence. Communication takes many guises and ranges through facial expression, pointing and gesture to vocalisations and spoken language, encompassing all of these.  In addition we …

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Research Round Up – June 2018

Oxford University Press Why Closing the Word Gap Matters starts off with a survey carried out on over 1,300 teachers. Over half of those surveyed reported that at least 40% of their pupils lacked the vocabulary to access their learning. 69% of primary school teachers and over 60% of secondary schoolteachers believed the word gap to be increasing. Although this …

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