Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2019’

Ican Reading Final

The crucial role of health visitors in the early identification of speech, language and communication needs

Despite being a crucial part of early childhood development, speech and language is not currently part of formal health visitor training. To address this, the Early Voices project, funded by Big Change, trained 60 health visitors across England to become Communication Leaders. They received a day’s introductory training, as well as a fully funded Level 3 qualification in children’s speech, …

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Speech Therapy At Meath School

Ollie’s story: identifying speech and language needs early

 “We were concerned about what the future held for our little boy. Would we ever hear his voice or hear him say mummy/daddy? How will he tell us what he wants and needs? How will he make friends? How will he learn?” At four years old, Ollie wasn’t talking in the same way as other children his age. He struggled …

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Specialists assess a child's needs at the I CAN assessment centre

Identifying Speech, Language and Communication Needs: the first step to positive outcomes

Mary Hartshorne,  I CAN’s Head of Impact, explain why the latest statistics on children with speech, language and communications needs may be more positive than they first appear.  On 4 July 2019, the Department for Education published the latest statistics on special educational needs in England. They showed that, at 22% of SEN pupils, Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) …

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research round up

Research Round Up – September 2019

Several major reports and studies have been published since June. This quarter’s roundup features research on speech and language therapy provision, childhood wellbeing, Developmental Language Disorder and literacy. Major reports We Need to Talk: access to speech and language therapy, Children’s Commissioner (July 2019) A report based on information from funders of services in local areas across England, asking them …

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