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Behind the statistics – Making the difference

Statistics are important, however behind the facts and figures are real children with lived experiences. Claire Morrison, an NHS Speech and Language Therapist, talks about her work using evidence-based programmes and interventions in a deprived area of Scotland. Because it had not been launched before on the west coast of Scotland, we decided to pilot an intervention programme in North …

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Bercow-thankyou

Opportunity to contribute to Bercow: Ten Years On (paid role)

In 2017/18, I CAN and the RCSLT are undertaking an independent review of the state of provision for children’s speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), entitled Bercow: Ten Years On, which will be published in early 2018. The review launched in January 2017, and to date we have collected evidence through a variety of methods. ‘Deep dives’ Following the evidence …

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Mandy Grist

It is what you do, AND the way that you do it! Ensuring a communication supportive environment

I CAN’s speech and language specialist, Mandy Grist, details the significance of creating environments that are conducive to the development of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). With the summer holidays now upon us many people will find themselves heading outside for adventure and activities. As well as providing the possibility of some much longed for sunshine (fingers crossed!), …

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matthew-strickland

Constructive Outdoor Play – A parent’s perspective

Larisa Strickland is a governor at I CAN’s Meath School and is also a parent of a pupil, Matthew (8). She recently observed a Forest School session in action. We explore with her the importance of constructive outdoor play and how it has affected Matthew’s learning and development. Tell us about Matthew. “Matthew started at the Meath School when he …

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Children in Need

I CAN awarded £36,700 by BBC Children in Need

We are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded us a grant of £36,700 over three years. The grant funded a summer holiday club for I CAN’s Meath School in Ottershaw, Surrey. I CAN’s ‘Holiday Club’ offers our pupils the opportunity to develop their confidence, independence, and social skills through a planned programme of activities in a …

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