Summary of a debate on Specific Language Impairment

Last Thursday a debate on Specific Language Impairment (SLI) took place at Moor House School in Surrey. Participants were given food for thought from an eminent panel  of researchers, each giving a different view of the diagnosis, definition, and intervention for SLI. Dr Courtenay Norbury from Royal Holloway, University of London spoke about criteria for communication disorders, Professor Dorothy Bishop …

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Star Fundraiser Alison tackles the Great Wall of China

This October, speech and language therapist Alison Martin will make an 8-day trek across the Great Wall of China in support of I CAN. Tackling the vigorous upwards climb with thousands of steps will be no easy feat, but Alison has been training hard on the hills of the Isle of Wight. Walking 20-30 miles a week in preparation, Alison …

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I CAN… train the trainers

As a speech and language therapist with a background in children’s centres in East London, I have always held a diverse clinical caseload, as well as offering training and universal services to a variety of groups and professionals. My role in the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) is to provide training days and materials to local leads from a variety …

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Decoding phonics for children with SLCN

Next Monday (18th June), all year 1 pupils across England will take the phonics screening check for the first time. Find out more at  the Department of Education website However, the check has not been without controversy. A coalition of education organisations, amongst others, has highlighted their concerns including issues for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), EAL …

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Are we nearly there yet? – Guest Blog from Talking Tots

It’s that time of year when many of us are making longish car journeys with our children. There are many ways to help keep children entertained in the car, with everything from hi-tech gadgets to simple games. We thought we’d share some of the simple games we played in the car. Rock, paper, scissors This is a game for 2. …

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