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Supporting children with specific language impairment (SLI): What works?

This week we spoke to Ami Mathur, a speech and language therapist (SLT) and regional Makaton tutor whose service has received I CAN Accreditation at the specialist level for over 10 years. Here she tells us more about collaborating with the education service to provide the best support for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Tell us a …

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Highlights from I CAN’s Q and A with Mencap

On Wednesday 24th August our speech and language therapist Mandy Grist took part in a live Q & A on Mencap’s Facebook page and we received some really interesting questions. Find out what our responses were below. Question 1: Hi, my son is 3 years old and has been under SALT since he was 8 weeks old due to being fed …

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An open letter from Bob Reitemeier, I CAN Chief Executive, to the Chief Nurse at Public Health England

The Department of Health has commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to carry out a review into the future of health visitor family checks beyond March 2017. Options put forward to ministers include renewing the mandatory requirement, amending the number of visits, or scrapping the requirement altogether. I CAN’s Bob Reitemeier has written to PHE urging them to consider the impact …

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New school, new start: helping your child with their transition to the next phase

As we reach the summer holidays for many children and their families this is a time for looking back; lots of families will be saying goodbye to the school or setting they have probably been familiar with for quite some time. But, and this is the exciting bit, they will also be looking forwards to new horizons – the next …

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I CAN speaks to Dr Catherine Adams about her work developing a new specialist speech and language therapy intervention

Last week, I CAN spoke to Dr Catherine Adams, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Manchester’s School of Psychological Sciences, to find out more about her work developing the Social Communication Intervention Programme. Here she discusses her reasons for starting the project, hopes for the future and exciting new projects to come. For those …

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