Mary Hartshorne I CAN Head Of Evidence

Bercow: building talking communities

Yesterday, I was on a train and I tuned into a lively conversation between a young mother and her two year old. They were a sharing a picture book, and Bella was guiding her mum through it pointing out what was going on, with mum commenting. Being a speech and language therapist, I sighed: “lovely contingent talk there”. As I …

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maxine burns

Returning home; giving back

I CAN Speech and Language Advisor, Maxine Burns reflects on her return home to empower her community with vital speech and language therapy training. A sense of community is so important. Whether in relation to work or outside of that, making connections with people makes the difference. Maybe it’s because I’m passionate about speech, language and communication (skills that underpin …

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‘Be prepared’ for children with SLCN

Ensuring that children and young people with speech, language and communications needs (SLCN) are fully integrated into the community is vital to their future development. I CAN Communicate has been talking to two children’s community organisations, The Scout Association and the Girls Brigade England and Wales (GBEW), about how they encourage children with SLCN to get involved. Andrew Thorp is …

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youth employment

Let’s talk about youth employment

Maxine Burns talks about the challenges facing young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) as they look to find employment.  One of the many things I love about working at I CAN is the sense of community there is amongst the various teams that contribute to the organisation. Even though I’m not physically located in the office, I’m …

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Mandy Grist

Combining celebration and chatter

Mandy Grist offers some key tips on supporting children’s speech development over the festive period. Christmas is coming, and in my house this usually means the joining up of friends and families to spend time together, often connecting with people that we don’t see on a regular basis. And we love it! An opportunity to share news, play games and …

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