Volunteering at I CAN by Kaisin Yee

“It works. These are the two words that sums up I CAN as a charity, from my experience working with them both at Meath School in Ottershaw, and with the team at the central office in London. As a speech and language therapy student, I had my paediatrics placement at Meath School, where the day-to-day functioning can perhaps best be …

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Join Jessica Hynes in the Adidas Women’s 5k run for I CAN

Actress and comedian, Jessica Hynes will be dusting off her running shoes as she prepares to join 35 other women, all running for I CAN at the Adidas Women’s 5K Challenge on Sunday, 11 September 2011. Hynes, who is famous for her role as Daisy in the hit 90’s comedy series, Spaced and more recently for her role in Olympic …

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Life as a Communication Advisor for I CAN

As a communication advisor for I CAN, the children’s communication charity, no two days are ever the same. I CAN’s mission is to ensure that no child who struggles to communicate is left out or left behind, so working towards that vision means that advisors work with children and young people, parents and carers and teachers so that children can …

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‘Children don’t know their own names’ – an issue in the media spotlight

Last month saw speech, language and communication needs in the media spotlight. Frank Field, the Labour MP for Birkenhead and the government’s Poverty Tsar, commented that children were starting school without the basic skills they needed to learn. He also asserted that some children start at primary school without knowing their own names. Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today …

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Secondary Talk evaluation proves huge impact on schools

I CAN’s Secondary Talk programme aims to raise attainment and improve behaviour through a focus on language and communication in secondary schools. Feedback from schools during the pilot in 14 schools across England has shown that is does just that. This month, we received the final report of the independent evaluation from Sheffield University with exciting results. The researchers found …

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