Mar Hartshorne

Bercow: Ten Years On – High hopes for change

Mary Hartshorne, I CAN’s Head of Evidence summarises the key themes coming out of the review. Something that has lodged in my memory is what I did as part of some training many moons ago. To get a real sense of what it’s like to have a language disorder, we had to spend a day able only to communicate in …

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research round up

Research Round Up – November 2017

October was a busy month for research publications and reports around children’s language development and educational needs. Here are the ones we picked for you. The Early Intervention Foundation compiled a report linking language and other social, emotional and learning outcomes – highlighting how early language development is a primary indicator of child wellbeing. The Education Endowment Foundation and Public …

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Playground Banner

New playground at I CAN’s Meath School

On Thursday 28 September I CAN’s Meath School proudly opened a newly refurbished play area in front of excited pupils and parents. The playground has been kindly funded by DM Thomas Foundation and John Horniman’s Children’s Trust. Rosy Harper, Communications Executive and Bronwyn Hartney, Area Sales Manager of DM Thomas Foundation officially opened the space, which had been redeveloped over …

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Mental Health

Speech, language and communication and mental health: a complex relationship

Did you know half of all mental health problems manifest themselves by the age of 14? That’s a shocking reality. Consequently, when Theresa May recently announced her Government plans to “roll out mental health support to every school in the country” the news was widely welcomed – after all, with one in ten children and young people struggling with mental health issues, …

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Dorothy Bishop

DLD – a deeper understanding with Dorothy Bishop

Developmental language disorder (DLD) is the new term to replace specific language impairment (SLI). Up to two children in every classroom of 30 has this condition, it is probably the most common childhood condition that you’ve never heard of. In light of DLD awareness day on the 22nd September 2017, we caught up with Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology …

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