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Changing the Conversation: Putting Parents at the Heart of Speech and Language Learning

‘Changing the Conversation about Language’ is taking a new approach to speech and language learning in disadvantaged areas. Louisa Reeves, Lead Speech and Language Advisor at I CAN, discusses the project’s impact so far. Communicating confidently with a wide vocabulary is key to a child’s successful start at nursery and school. In some areas of the country, however, children are …

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Facts, Statistics and Children’s Early Language

Mary Hartshorne, Director of Impact at I CAN, discusses how increased public awareness of the facts about children’s early language has benefited parents and carers.  Some facts and statistics stick in your mind, don’t they? Many of mine are food related: Eat five fruit and veg a day! You burn more calories eating a stick of celery than you gain …

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Jules Whicher – A Communication Champion

Jules Whicher, winner of the Communication Champion of the Year Award and the overall winner of the Pearson Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2019 Shine a Light Awards, outlines what communication means to her. I still can’t believe that nearly a week ago I was sat alongside other finalists at the Shine A Light Awards ceremony in London, organised by …

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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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Behind the statistics – Making the difference

Statistics are important, however behind the facts and figures are real children with lived experiences. Claire Morrison, an NHS Speech and Language Therapist, talks about her work using evidence-based programmes and interventions in a deprived area of Scotland. Because it had not been launched before on the west coast of Scotland, we decided to pilot an intervention programme in North …

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