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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Mandy Grist

Understanding the links between dyslexia and speech, language and communication needs

The 4th – 10th October was Dyslexia Awareness Week; an important campaign that highlighted the difficulties faced by those with dyslexia and ways they can be supported. Dyslexia affects one in ten people – the same number of children and young people affected by speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). I CAN’s speech and language specialist, Mandy Grist, talks us through …

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research round up

Research Round Up – October 2017

Throughout September many impactful studies surrounding education and speech and language development were concluded and published. We have picked up and highlighted just a few to bring to your attention. The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at the University College of London conducted research on how children learn abstract concepts like ‘idea’ or ‘freedom’. The study has implications for …

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No Pens Day Wednesday

Pens down, speak up! It’s #NoPensDay Wednesday

Today (4th October, 2017) is No Pens Day Wednesday, a day dedicated to showcasing the importance of speech, language and communication within the classroom, encouraging schools and settings to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities. With the first No Pens Day being held in 2011, the event is now in its seventh …

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