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A guest blog from Arabella Lucas, an I CAN volunteer

I don’t know when autism was first described to me, but my older brother was diagnosed at the age of six. It took me a very long time to notice that there was any difference between him and my sister and I. We shared a bedroom for a few years and I remember playing Lego with him, saving up for …

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The crucial role of early language for learning: let’s change the story – a blog from Bob Reitemeier, I CAN’s Chief Executive

We welcome the recent report on early language development published by Save the Children as part of the Read On. Get On. Campaign. It makes us ask yet again, when are we going to finally change the story it presents? The report shows how very young children continue to struggle as a result of poor language development. At I CAN …

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Communication skills for work are skills for life

I CAN’s Lead Communication Advisor for Youth Programmes, Maxine Burns writes the 2nd edition of I CAN’s Talk Paper ‘Skills for Work: Skills for Life’. Read the paper here. I’ve worked in the field of speech, language and communication for many years, but one thing that hasn’t changed during my varied career is my belief that communication skills are at …

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Guest blog: Chatterbox Challenge 2016 with Talking Tots

We’re coming to the end of Chatterbox Challenge 2016 week and we hope you’ve enjoyed getting your little ones involved in some of the fun activities from our activity pack! Our final guest blog comes from Talking Tots who have some great ideas for indoor activities that are fantastic fun AND help promote speech and language development! Winter is here …

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Signing at Meath School helps children’s understanding

When most people think of signing, Mr. Tumble might ring a bell. It might have been seen from a signing interpreter for the deaf community. At Meath School, signing is a large part of how we communicate. For some,  it’s the only way to communicate. To support our children, signing is used alongside speech to help children make their needs …

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