Dawn House School Pupil Participation Conference – thoughts from Virginia Beardshaw, CEO of I CAN

Before the October half term, I was thrilled to be able to visit Dawn House School for the third annual Pupil Participation Conference. The purpose of the event is to bring organisations, parents and mainstream pupils together to hear about SLCN and explore what it means for the young people at Dawn House themselves. The conference is build around workshops …

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Meath School assessment by Meath parent Alexandra Frost

Izzy had speech and language assessments with the NHS which were pretty much rubbish.  They failed to explain exactly what was going on with my daughter except that she was making little or no progress and that the gap between her and her peers was widening.  They seemed reluctant to help getting her a diagnoses or making a proper plan to …

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“Why doesn’t he answer me…….?” Are you worried about a child in your class?

The new term is well and truly underway, and things will probably have started to settle down a little by now. Children are finding their feet and you probably feel like you are starting to get to know everyone.  However, sometimes things don’t quite go as smoothly as we would like. Is there a child in your class or setting …

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Chatterbox Challenge is back!

I CAN’s annual sing-along fundraiser for 0-5 year olds is back and set to take place between 1-7 February 2012. Nurseries, children’s groups and childminders can have fantastic fun and develop their communication skills by singing songs and rhymes to raise money for children who struggle with their speech and language. With an exciting summer 2012 ahead, this year’s Chatterbox …

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This week is Parent’s Week

As a speech and language therapist who helps families through I CAN’s enquiry service, one of the questions I get asked the most is “is there anything I can do to help my child?”  My answer is always “of course, there is so much you can do” because we know that parents are in a unique position and have a …

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