Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2019’

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Chatting at the changing table: Let’s talk about talk

Renowned TV presenter and journalist Natasha Kaplinsky is co-founder of the Mum & You baby brand and is passionate about promoting early communication skills. She discusses how we can help parents overcome the barriers they face in supporting their child’s language development.

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Spoken language in the spotlight: Identifying pupils with speech, language and communication needs on No Pens Day

No Pens Day Wednesday is a national day of speaking and listening activities in schools taking place on 13th November 2019. The event promotes spoken language and listening skills and their fundamental role in learning and life, but taking part can also help teachers to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs. A study of inner London …

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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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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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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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