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More children reported with delayed language development: what help is available for families?

I wonder how many of us heaved a big sigh of relief when we heard the announcement a couple of weeks ago confirming that mandatory health visitor checks in the early years were to continue. It came at a time when we were still reflecting on evidence from the yearly survey of health visitors carried out by Institute of Health …

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Launching I CAN’s Chatterbox 2017

We are delighted to announce the official launch of Chatterbox 2017 – our annual early years event for children aged 0 – 5, which will kick off during the week of May 8th 2017. Chatterbox 2017 aims to raise awareness around the importance of good speech, language and communication for all children and we are calling on all early years …

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Heather Benjamin, head of Assessment Service and SENCo at I CAN’s Dawn House School, speaks to us about her role and how assessment works at the school

Dawn House School is a residential special school for children and young people (5-19) with speech and language disorder or Asperger’s syndrome and associated difficulties which impact on their educational, social and emotional development. Why are we assessing? And what to look for during assessment Children and young people of all ages come for assessment at Dawn House School – …

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An accurate assessment by I CAN’s Meath School made all the difference to one young boy and his family

An accurate assessment by I CAN’s Meath School made all the difference to one young boy and his family Getting a full and accurate picture of strengths and difficulties is vital for determining the right kind of support for a child or young person with speech language and communication needs. Ezra’s parents shared their experience of assessment by I CAN’s …

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Dr Sarah Spencer, lecturer at the University of Sheffield shares some ideas about how to assess teenagers’ language skills

I’ve heard on the grapevine that some people are a little reluctant to work with teenagers with language disorders.  As one respondent to a questionnaire about speech and language therapy for teenagers said: ‘‘I think people are scared of [teenagers]…Young children are fun, adults are self-motivated, adolescents are unknown. It is the hardest population to reach”1. I was so surprised …

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