Speech and language difficulties? What does that mean?

As speech and language therapists working on the I CAN Help Enquiry Service we get to talk to so many parents about all sorts of different concerns about their children.  One of the questions that gets asked time and time again is this one: “Why does my child have delayed speech and language?”  And this week, it looks to be …

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A Parent’s Story – My Child at I CAN’s Meath School

I have a little girl called Isabella. She has a severe speech language and communication difficulty. This is our story. Isabella was about 2 years old when I recognised that her speech was not meeting the developmental milestones for her age. Isabella also has epilepsy and learning difficulties and requires occupational therapy. The hardest issue at the time was the …

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Chatterbox Challenge 2012 starts this week across the UK

The start of this year’s Chatterbox Challenge is just days away, so make sure you’re ready for the big occasion. Running from 1st to 7th February, the event is all set to be an extra special and action-packed affair. With summer 2012 just around the corner, this year’s theme is Kids in Motion, which means lots of movement, lots of …

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Why some secondary school pupils struggle: the impact of SLCN

Secondary school data released this week by the Department for Education has been widely reported in the media, the headlines seem fairly shocking: “Struggling pupils don’t catch up” (BBC News Online) “Results show stark classroom divide between rich and poor” (The Independent) “’Shocking waste of talent’ as schools fail pupils” (Daily Mirror) However league tables do not always give the …

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Are you EYFS ready? Your responses…

Thanks to everyone who responded to our survey about the Early Years Foundation Stage changes. Only a tiny minority knew nothing about the EYFS – 49% wanted to know more about this key policy. 36% said they were going to receive training in the new EYFS but 13% anticipated receiving none at all. Your top three main concerns about the …

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