Category Archive for: ‘Secondary schools’

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Heather Benjamin, head of Assessment Service and SENCo at I CAN’s Dawn House School, speaks to us about her role and how assessment works at the school

Dawn House School is a residential special school for children and young people (5-19) with speech and language disorder or Asperger’s syndrome and associated difficulties which impact on their educational, social and emotional development. Why are we assessing? And what to look for during assessment Children and young people of all ages come for assessment at Dawn House School – …

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Dr Sarah Spencer, lecturer at the University of Sheffield shares some ideas about how to assess teenagers’ language skills

I’ve heard on the grapevine that some people are a little reluctant to work with teenagers with language disorders.  As one respondent to a questionnaire about speech and language therapy for teenagers said: ‘‘I think people are scared of [teenagers]…Young children are fun, adults are self-motivated, adolescents are unknown. It is the hardest population to reach”1. I was so surprised …

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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Todd Hinds tells us how psychotherapy supports young people at Dawn House School

Dawn House School is a residential special school for children and young people (5-19) with speech, language and communication needs. All pupils have a speech and language disorder or Asperger’s syndrome and associated difficulties which impact on their educational, social and emotional development. I work at I CAN’s Dawn House School as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist one day a …

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Prevalence of Language Difficulties in Secondary Schools – did you know?

Maxine Burns, Lead Communication Advisor for I CAN, discusses the prevalence of language difficulties in secondary schools.   Ask an average secondary school teacher about delayed language development and they may understandably think that this is more of a primary school issue. After all, language development isn’t something that’s likely to have come up in their training and most Year …

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