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In our guest blog this month, Amelia Wesley-Holley describes how the speech and language therapy service in Hackney have embraced the new Development Language Disorder term

DLD…Welcome to Hackney! It’s been a long time coming but we finally have an agreed term for Specific Language Impairment (SLI)/ Language Learning Impairment/ Language Disorder (…the list goes on). I, for one, am keen to run with it! Thankfully, my colleagues in Hackney’s Children’s Integrated Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service feel the same. The September release of the …

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An accurate assessment by I CAN’s Meath School made all the difference to one young boy and his family

An accurate assessment by I CAN’s Meath School made all the difference to one young boy and his family Getting a full and accurate picture of strengths and difficulties is vital for determining the right kind of support for a child or young person with speech language and communication needs. Ezra’s parents shared their experience of assessment by I CAN’s …

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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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Mary Hartshorne, I CAN’s Director of Outcomes and Information, explores the reasons why children’s spoken language often isn’t tracked in schools

Last week, Schools Minister Nick Gibb confirmed that a times table check would be introduced in primary schools in 2019. For children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), whose working memory difficulties mean they have problems processing chunks of complex information, this poses problems. However, it also begs the question: Why?  The reasons given by Nick Gibb – that …

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Former Student of Meath School & Dawn House School is running the marathon for I CAN

In April this year Anthony Hornby, a former-student of both Meath School and Dawn House School, will be running the London Marathon on behalf of I CAN. We spoke to Anthony and his mother Liz about their experience of I CAN’s support over the years and their motivations for getting involved. Where the journey began Aged two and a half …

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