Author Archive for: ‘ICANCharity’

‘Getting ready for court’ – a new film launched by Raising Your Game

A new film about preparing for court, aimed at young people with a learning disability or communication difficulty has been launched by Raising Your Game. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Raising Your Game is a five-year project run by Mencap in partnership with I CAN and Nacro helping  young people aged 14-25 with a learning disability or communication difficulty who are …

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Summary of a debate on Specific Language Impairment

Last Thursday a debate on Specific Language Impairment (SLI) took place at Moor House School in Surrey. Participants were given food for thought from an eminent panel  of researchers, each giving a different view of the diagnosis, definition, and intervention for SLI. Dr Courtenay Norbury from Royal Holloway, University of London spoke about criteria for communication disorders, Professor Dorothy Bishop …

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Star Fundraiser Alison tackles the Great Wall of China

This October, speech and language therapist Alison Martin will make an 8-day trek across the Great Wall of China in support of I CAN. Tackling the vigorous upwards climb with thousands of steps will be no easy feat, but Alison has been training hard on the hills of the Isle of Wight. Walking 20-30 miles a week in preparation, Alison …

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I CAN… train the trainers

As a speech and language therapist with a background in children’s centres in East London, I have always held a diverse clinical caseload, as well as offering training and universal services to a variety of groups and professionals. My role in the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) is to provide training days and materials to local leads from a variety …

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Decoding phonics for children with SLCN

Next Monday (18th June), all year 1 pupils across England will take the phonics screening check for the first time. Find out more at  the Department of Education website However, the check has not been without controversy. A coalition of education organisations, amongst others, has highlighted their concerns including issues for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), EAL …

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