Category Archive for: ‘Communication is Crucial’

Mary Hartshorne I CAN Head Of Evidence

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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I CAN Runner’s Gallery

On a boiling hot Sunday in April, I CAN was fortunate to have eight dynamic runners pound the pavements of the capital for the London Marathon. With temperatures reaching up to 24.1 degrees, the brave athletes ran to raise funds for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).  Amongst the pack from I CAN was a …

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