Todd Hinds Blog 1

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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Guest Blog With SLT

Guest blog from Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Carol Reffin who tells us about her work with young people with mental health needs

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Carol Reffin talks about her role working in a multi-professional team with young people with mental health needs. She says: ‘Speech and Language Therapy in Mental Health can be challenging, but it is incredibly rewarding and allows SLT to add value to children’s and young peoples’ lives’ I work as a Speech and Language Therapist …

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Mary Blog

Mary Hartshorne, Director of Outcomes and Information at I CAN, tells us about the complex relationship between speech, language and communication needs and mental health

Children and young people’s mental health is in the spotlight – a 70% increase in rates of depression and anxiety over the last 25 years, 20% of adolescents experience mental health difficulties. Given the scale of the problem, and the fact that a huge percentage of these are not getting the support they need it’s not surprising that the Government …

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secondary language issues

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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Tech Banner Blog 3

This month is technology month

The issue of children’s use of technology is one that we are often asked about and so this month we are sharing ideas and information about the crucial role technology can play in supporting children’s language development by creating new opportunities for interaction and engagement. Television, tablets, smart phones and computers all provide a wealth of activities for children to …

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