Category Archive for: ‘speech and language therapy’

Mandy Grist

It is what you do, AND the way that you do it! Ensuring a communication supportive environment

I CAN’s speech and language specialist, Mandy Grist, details the significance of creating environments that are conducive to the development of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). With the summer holidays now upon us many people will find themselves heading outside for adventure and activities. As well as providing the possibility of some much longed for sunshine (fingers crossed!), …

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Meath Leavers

Transitioning to Secondary School

Assistant Head Teacher of I CAN’s Meath School, Sarah Billingham, writes about the support we provide our pupils as they become ‘secondary ready’.  The transition to secondary school is a big step in the lives of all children. It is a bittersweet time as we look back on progress and prepare to say goodbye.  All of the children at I …

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maxine burns

Coping with change: transitioning through the years

Maxine Burns, I CAN’s Speech and Language Advisor, spoke recently at the Transition Conference in Wigan on the broad topic of being ‘secondary ready’.  Transitions of all kinds have long been an area of interest for me; particularly those that involve the preparation for the move from primary school up to secondary school, and then on from school to lives …

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Zones of regulation

Helping Children with SLCN to cope with sensory, emotional and social needs

In order to successfully cope with everyday situations we use many skills. Often without thinking about it we self-regulate by monitoring and managing our sensory, emotional and social needs. We might talk to someone if we are feeling worried, have a cup of tea if we are feeling tired or count to ten if we are feeling angry. When these …

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Mary Hartshorne

Including Young People in the Conversation

Mary Hartshorne, I CAN’s Head of Evidence, tells how consulting with children and young people with SLCN is helping to shape Bercow: Ten Years On. Just returning from an afternoon in a secondary academy, I’m pondering on the feedback students with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have given on the latest survey we have developed to gather evidence for …

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