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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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Talk about Talk Secondary Employers’ Workshops start to roll off the production line!

Schools participating in I CAN’s pilot of Talk about talk Secondary programme have been running training workshops for external audiences, and they’ve got lots to be proud of! Over the last year staff have been trained, students inducted and a series of lessons delivered so that students have the skills and knowledge to co-present the 2 hour interactive workshop. The …

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Impact of COMPOT monitoring tool

Esther Flynn, Speech and Language Therapist at I CAN’s Dawn House School reports on the impact of their COMPOT (Communication Progress Over Time) monitoring tool The therapy team at I CAN‘s Dawn House School were set the task of developing a tool for showing children’s progress with their functional communication skills. This was a challenge they were keen to meet and …

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Talk Boost KS2 Launch

‘This intervention enabled all of the children to make progress with their communication skills.’ – SENCo, St James Church School, Taunton,  Somerset. Last week I CAN launched its latest intervention programme – Talk Boost KS2 targeted at children aged 7-10 who have delayed language development. We know that good language skills are crucial for learning, literacy and making friends but that …

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