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Why nursery rhymes are important this National Nursery Rhyme week

This week is National Nursery Rhyme Week – a nationwide initiative that aims to emphasise the importance of nursery rhymes for developing language and communication as well as social, physical and emotional skills. Singing nursery rhymes and songs to children from birth can help develop language skills from an early age which is crucial for later life chances. A child’s …

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EARLY LANG BLOG

Delayed language development: how will I know?

Imagine a scenario: Callum’s mum has noticed that at two years old, he’s not really talking-well, certainly not as much as his sister was at that age. He’s happy but he plays by himself a lot, usually pulling and pointing to communicate what he wants. But, should Callum’s mum be worried? No doubt he’ll get there…won’t he?  Learning to talk…it’s …

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When is a word a word?

Many of us can picture that moment in time when our children spoke their first word. We know that there are typical milestones for learning language, but how many times do children have to say a word before we can count it? Just how many times do we need to hear them utter ‘gone’ before we can include it in …

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Glinette Woods, I CAN Licensee, tells us about her experience working with I CAN and what being a Licensee means to her

I first heard about I CAN and their work 32 years ago, whilst working in a Language Unit in the London Borough Havering. I am now retired however I worked previously as an Inclusion Advisor, specialising in speech and language. Working closely with therapists I was able to assess children’s needs, advise schools on interventions and help them to measure …

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I CAN Advisor, Jonothan Wright, explains the impact delayed language can have on children in key stage 2 and beyond

Delayed language skills are not just a problem for children in the early years or the start of primary school. For some children and young people with delayed language, their difficulties can persist into key stage 2 / upper primary school and beyond. There are many reasons for delayed language skills and we know that living in an area of …

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